One of the qualifications to participate in the FCA Recognized Collision Repair Facility Program is the I-CAR® Gold Class® designation. The I-CAR Gold Class designation ensures professionals are trained to have the knowledge and skills required to provide customers efficient, safe, and high quality collision repairs. FCA Certified facilities need to obtain and maintain the I-CAR Gold Class business designation through the I-CAR Professional Development Program™.
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:
I-CAR also offers Specialty Role designations that are not required for Gold Class:
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.