I-CAR Gold Class designation is one of the basic knowledge and skill requirement options to qualify for the ProFirst Certified body shop program from American Honda Motor Co. Through earning the Gold Class designation, collision repair facilities may increase operational efficiencies, reduce cycle times, minimize repair mistakes, and most importantly, complete safe repairs.
For information on getting started with the Gold Class designation, visit Gold Class Professionals Business Recognition.
The ProFirst Certified body shop program is available to both dealer-owned and independent collision repair facilities.
ProFirst Training Requirements
In response to industry needs, Honda has expanded eligibility to allow more collision repair facilities the opportunity to qualify for ProFirst Certified status. To qualify for ProFirst Certified status, shops may now choose from one of the two options listed below.
I-CAR Gold Class® designation PLUS a minimum of two* steel structural technicians and one estimator from each shop complete and pass the Honda/Acura training as shown below.
* Smaller shops with only one steel structural technician will qualify with a minimum of one steel structural technician and one estimator completing and passing.
I-CAR Gold Class® designation PLUS a minimum of one steel structural technician, one non-structural technician and one estimator from each shop complete and pass the Honda/Acura training as shown below.
These are the currently available modules of the American Honda training series. Modules will be introduced from time to time as determined by American Honda. The Shop will be advised via email as new modules are available and will have 60 days from the date that a given class is announced to complete the specified class in order to maintain its ProFirst Certified status. For your convenience, these modules will be delivered online through I-CAR. The modules apply to U.S. models only.
Additional requirements must be met in order to qualify for the ProFirst program, including CSI System, Tools and Equipment, Facility Standards and Shop Inspections. For more specific program information, contact the program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acura NSX Training
I-CAR has collaborated with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (AHM) to design and develop vehicle-specific training for the second-generation Acura NSX. AHM has partnered with I-CAR to deliver this training to the collision repair industry across the United States.
The following course is required for one estimator in each Acura NSX Non-Structural Repair Network shop:
The Acura NSX Damage Analysis course will primarily benefit collision repair estimators, insurance company personnel, and other industry professionals handling second-generation NSX body repairs.
- The second-generation Acura NSX is sold and serviced by select Acura dealers. Non-structural collision and body repairs are handled by shops affiliated with the Acura NSX Non-Structural Repair Network.
- Participation in the Acura NSX Non-Structural Repair Network begins by establishing a business relationship with a participating dealer. For more information about network participation, please contact an Acura NSX dealer.
- If you are not affiliated with the network and receive a damaged second-generation Acura NSX, please email Acura Client Relations (ACR) email@example.com before beginning any repairs.
- Structural repairs are restricted to the Performance Refresh Center (PRC), located at the NSX manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio. Structural parts are not available to other collision repair facilities.
- The Acura NSX Non-Structural Repair Network is not affiliated with the ProFirst Certified program.