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.

What does it mean to be certified through I-CAR's Welding & Training Certification program?

Through collaboration with industry experts, I-CAR has a uniform testing protocol, process, and test methodology.  Achieving certification confirms the student performed the welds, following I-CAR’s process, and passed the visual and destructive tests required by I-CAR.

To maintain certification, it is the responsibility of the shop/student to register for the event again prior to the expiration date.  Allow 6 weeks lead time to ensure the event can be scheduled before reaching the expiration date.  The student must attend and pass the tests again to renew his/her certification.

I-CAR does not remove student certifications if/when the student is no longer employed by the shop where the testing was performed. Training multiple students is a good practice to maintain trained staff within the shop. I-CAR does not remove student certifications if/when a shop moves to a new location or changes shop equipment. 

The tests are created by I-CAR in collaboration with the industry including OEM partners and are based on common welds and material thicknesses found on many of today’s lightweight vehicles.  I-CAR welding certifications are not sanctioned or accredited by standards bodies, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

I-CAR does not guarantee or make any claims that achieving I-CAR welding certification will ensure student readiness for any other program.  For example, completing certification in I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) does not guarantee student readiness for I-CAR Steel Sectioning (SPS05).  Similarly, completing certification in I-CAR Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03) does not guarantee student readiness for other welding programs, such as those offered by OEMs.  

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.  For complete details, see the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment page.

Do I have to pay for the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment?
The cost for the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment is included in the price of the training, along with all materials used for the training.  You might qualify for a reduced student fee if you have had the capability & readiness assessment completed within 90 days or you are having multiple assessments completed at the same time.  Other criteria must be met to qualify.  I-CAR customer care can help with those details.

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?

I-CAR Welding Training is currently in high demand. This has created a backlog of training events. New instructors are being added to help alleviate the backlog. We will schedule your training event as soon as possible, 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?

• Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) meets:
  - ProLevel 1 requirements for Steel Structural Technicians
  - ProLevel 3 requirements for Non-Structural Technicians.
  - Annual Training requirements for Steel Structural, Non-Structural, and Estimators.

• Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03) meets:
    - ProLevel 1 requirements for Aluminum Structural Technicians.
    - Annual Training requirements for Aluminum Structural, Non-Structural, Steel Structural, and Estimators.

• Steel Sectioning (SPS05) meets:
    - ProLevel 3 requirements for Steel Structural Technicians.
    - Annual Training requirements for Steel Structural, Non-Structural, and Estimators.

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.

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 that will be required for the final test.