Ford Training

One of the qualifications to participate in the Ford Certified Collision Network (FCCN) is the I-CAR® Gold Class® designation. The I-CAR Gold Class designation ensures that professionals are trained to have the knowledge and skills required to provide customers with efficient, safe and high-quality collision repairs. Ford-recognized facilities need to obtain and maintain the I-CAR Gold Class business designation through the I-CAR Professional Development Program™.

Ford Motor Company partners with I-CAR to make certain specific training programs available to collision repair technicians, as listed below. The programs listed below are the only training programs available through I-CAR that have been reviewed and approved by Ford Motor Company.

Ford-Required Courses

In addition to Gold Class, shops must complete these three courses as part of the FCCN program requirements.

2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06) 
One technician per FCCN shop is required to complete this course.

Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03)
One technician per FCCN shop is required to complete this course.

2018 Expedition and Navigator Aluminum Body Repair Course (FO007E01)
Two technicians per FCCN shop are required to complete this course.

2018 Expedition and Navigator Aluminum Body Repair Online Training Course

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This 1-hour online course provides an overview of the Expedition and Navigator and the collision repair procedures. It is designed to educate technicians about repair and/or replacement procedures for exterior panels and frame components.
 
The goal of the 2018 Expedition and Navigator Aluminum Body Repair Course (FO007E01) is to give Ford- and Lincoln-trained body technicians the information needed to repair these all-aluminum vehicles.
 
A minimum of two technicians per shop from any role must take the 2018 Expedition and Navigator Aluminum Body Repair Online Training Course. Shops must complete training for two technicians before certification/recertification by the FCCN.

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Prior completion of I-CAR’s 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06) is recommended and I-CAR’s Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding Course (WCA03) is highly recommended for technicians who want to take the 2018 Expedition and Navigator Aluminum Body Repair Course. Ford also recommends these I-CAR courses: Aluminum Intensive Vehicle Repairs (ALI01) and Welded and Adhesively Bonded Panel Replacement (EXT02).

2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06)

One technician per FCCN shop is required to complete this course. This instructor-led, classroom-based six 6-credit hour course incorporates material-specific training that highlights the unique processes associated with aluminum repair of the Ford F-150, which is critical for front-line professionals charged with complete, safe and quality repairs. Click here for the full course description.

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Welding Training & Certification™:

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Aluminum repair is different, not difficult. This in-shop training course teaches proper welding techniques through theory instruction, hands-on practice and coaching, and culminates in I-CAR®’s industry-recognized Welding Certification test.

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The instructor-led, hands-on training will cover the distinctive process and all aspects of welds used in repairing aluminum vehicle structures. Participants will set up and tune a welding machine, address safety issues, prepare metal surfaces, learn and perform proper welding techniques, and identify and correct weld defects. Hands-on practice welds include GMA (MIG) plug, fillet and butt joint with backing welds. Welds will be practiced in both vertical and overhead positions. Participants will also perform the required visual inspections and destructive tests for each type of welded joint.

The training program concludes with the Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding Certification Test, evaluating the technician’s ability to perform all three welds in both the vertical position and overhead position. For the technician to earn the Certification from I-CAR, all six welds must pass both visual inspection and destructive tests.

If You Have Questions 
For any questions about the FCCN, please click here.

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