Have questions about the I-CAR® Welding Training & Certification™ courses?

Check out the common questions below, or contact I-CARE™ Customer Care at 1.800.ICAR.USA (800.422.7872), Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, or email for more information.

How do I schedule an I-CAR Welding Training & Certification course?

Registration is a multistep process that begins with facility preparation. To begin the process, go to Register for a Welding Course.

Why does the Welding Training & Certification have to be held at my shop?

Technicians must be certified at the same location where they are employed to ensure that they are trained with the tools and equipment that they utilize for actual repairs. Technicians will be trained on multiple welding techniques as well as proper identification of weld quality. I-CAR instructors will also assess the shop’s infrastructure and teach technicians how to properly set up, maintain, and adjust their equipment.

What is the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment?

It covers the assessment of your shop’s infrastructure and welding equipment by your I-CAR Instructor to make sure your shop is ready for your Welding Training & Certification course. The assessment covers things like pre-course phone interview with instructor, an 18-step checklist of the facility’s infrastructure, equipment and safety gear, equipment adjustments, and more. For complete details, see the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment page.

Can more than one technician attend the course at my shop?

Yes, I-CAR encourages you to register all of your technicians who weld for the training while the Instructor is onsite for the event. A maximum of two technicians can take the course at the same time for every MIG welding machine in your shop.

How long is the Welding Training & Certification and what can I expect on the day of the event?

Every course is slightly different based on the number of technicians participating and their respective welding skill levels. An event with six or fewer technicians will typically last six to eight hours. Each event consists of four components. These include (with average times noted):
1. Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment – 1 hour
2. Theory Instruction – 1 - 1.5 hours
3. Hands-on practice – 1 - 2 hours
4. Certification test - 1.5 - 3 hours

How long does it typically take from my initial request about a Welding Training & Certification to the course date?

It can be anywhere from two to six weeks from your initial inquiry until your course is held, depending on the availability of your facility, the technicians and the Instructor.

When will the shop be charged for the I-CAR Welding Training & Certification course?

You will be asked to provide your payment information (credit card or check) when you return your registration form by fax or mail. Payment is processed upon receipt of the registration form.

What I-CAR PDP requirements do the Welding Training & Certification courses fulfill?

• Welding Training & Certification: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) meets:
  - ProLevel 1 requirements for Steel Structural Technicians
  - ProLevel 3 requirements for Non-Structural Technicians.
• Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03) meets
   ProLevel 1 requirements for Aluminum Structural Technicians.
• Welding Training & Certification: Steel Sectioning (SPS05) meets
   ProLevel 3 requirements for Steel Structural Technicians.

Why do I need to provide a Certificate of Insurance before a course is scheduled?

It is needed because all welding is completed in your shop and it will cover I-CAR should something happen during the event.

How long will my technician’s Welding Training & Certification remain valid?

The I-CAR Welding Training & Certification is valid for five years. I-CAR recommends beginning the registration process to regain the certification at least two months prior to a technician’s expiration date. This provides ample time to ensure that the technician’s certification does not lapse.

Can I have more than one certification type in a single event? For example, two technicians trained in Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) and two in Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03)?

No. Only one course at a time is allowed due to the significant equipment, instruction and practice differences between each course.

Why did I-CAR end its requalification tests?

Requalification tests were originally created to provide technicians who had completed the full-day welding course and had an I-CAR Welding Training & Certification the opportunity to demonstrate continued welding competency without attending a full-day training course. Due to the substantial changes in vehicle technology, I-CAR was observing that a significantly higher percentage of technicians attempting requalification were unable to complete proper welds that adhered to the current standards.

If a technician fails the Certification test, does he/she have to retake the entire Welding Training & Certification again on another date to attain the Certification?

Yes. The event includes an intensive practice session in which technicians will have several chances to work on the welds required for the final test while supervised and coached by the I-CAR instructor, and will be allowed repeated attempts at each weld if needed during the certification test. Because of this high level of instructor support and interaction, the test pass rate is high.