Ford Training

Ford Motor Company relies on 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-Approved Courses

2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06) | Launched 2014

Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03)

Welding Training & Certification: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) | Updated 2013

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 on 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 Assured Performance Network.

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Prior completion of I-CAR’s 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06) is required 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).

Knowledge. Skills. Confidence.

A comprehensive training program for the 2015 Ford F-150 is now available. This all-new, aluminum-intensive vehicle is a game-changer in collision repair. Get your technicians ready today with these two specialized training courses.

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

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.

Professional Development Program
The Professional Development Program (PDP) is role-relevant training and provides distinct training paths in industry-recognized Knowledge Areas. To earn Gold Class Recognition, businesses must achieve and maintain training across each of the major Collision Repair Roles:

Estimator
Non-Structural Technician
Steel Structural Technician
Refinish Technician
 
I-CAR also offers Specialty Role designations that are not required for Gold Class:

Production Management
Aluminum Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technician
 
I-CAR has grouped these Knowledge Areas according to skill level, called ProLevels®. Each ProLevel builds upon previous knowledge and training to progressively cover more in-depth content.

Individuals progress from ProLevel 1 through ProLevel 3, with ongoing annual training thereafter to ultimately achieve and maintain advanced-level knowledge.

Based on an individual’s prior training and commitment to achievement, completion of ProLevel 1 can be achieved in 3-12 months. Completion of all ProLevel 1 requirements qualifies the individual for Platinum™ recognition.
 
To maintain Platinum recognition, the individual must complete all ProLevel 2 requirements, and subsequently all ProLevel 3 requirements by the annual renewal date. Once ProLevel 3 has been achieved, ongoing role-relevant training must be completed every 12 months to maintain Platinum recognition.

If You Have Questions
For any questions about the Ford National Body Shop Network, please call the Assured Performance Network at (949) 221-0010 or click here.

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F-150 Structural Repair Training Course
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Welding Training & Certification™
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