GM Training

 

General Motors has requested I-CAR to conduct all GM body structural repair training within the United States. As I-CAR students, all GM dealer body structural and collision repair technicians will complete their training by attending I-CAR collision repair programs utilizing the I-CAR delivery system and instructors. With this relationship, GM dealer and dealer-sponsored body structural and collision repair technicians will not only receive the most up-to-date training in collision repair, but the collision industry also will experience an increase in training consistency.

By utilizing the class search function and entering in your local zip code (to the right), you can search for programs specific to the General Motors and I-CAR training relationship.

General Motors body structural technicians must complete the following list of courses to obtain the minimum level of I-CAR training required by General Motors Company:

  • Measuring (MEA01)
  • Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01) or prior completion of SPS03
  • Replacement of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS10) or prior completion of SPS01
  • Sectioning of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS11) or prior completion of SPS02
  • Exterior Panels Damage Analysis - available live (DAM10) and online (DAM10e) or prior completion of DAM04
  • Steel Structures Damage Analysis - available live (DAM12) and online (DAM12e) or prior completion of DAM02

New for 2016! GM Steel & Aluminum Welding Program

GM is updating the curriculum and instituting new STS requirements in the Body Structural Repair category to ensure that technicians have the skills and knowledge to fix vehicles right the first time and thereby deliver an exceptional customer experience. This update means:

  • WCS03 or SPS05 and WCA03 are now a future requirement for 2015 and an STS requirement for 2016; and
  • effective January 1, 2016, GM STC will enforce a 5-year certification expiration policy. This means that anyone with a Training Completion Date prior to January 1, 2011, in any welding course will show as expired.

Steel Welding
GM requires that a minimum of one body structural technician at each dealership/sublet repair facility complete one of the following I-CAR Welding Training & Certification™ courses:

  • Welding Training & Certification: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03)
    OR
  • Welding Training & Certification: Steel Sectioning (SPS05)

Aluminum Welding
In addition to one of the above two steel welding courses, Chevrolet dealers with Corvette Stingray allocation must have a minimum of one body structural technician complete the following I-CAR Welding Training & Certification™ course:

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

Getting Started

The Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding is a six- to eight-hour event conducted in-shop at your dealership or your independent repair facility. The Welding Training & Certification event consists of four components. They are:

NOTE: Dealerships must have the following list of equipment and tools on-hand prior to scheduling the Welding Training & Certification event.

Equipment Checklist:

Once you’ve verified that your dealership or independent repair facility has the required tools and equipment, please schedule the I-CAR Welding event at your location by downloading and completing the Registration Form below.

GM Welding Registration Form


Pricing

For the In-Shop Welding current fee schedule please visit our Welding Pricing page.


   Frequently Asked Questions

Why do steel and aluminum welding certification events have to be held at my dealership?

Events are held in-shop to allow your technicians one-on-one personal attention and to learn on the same equipment they will use every day.

How long are the steel and aluminum welding certification events and what can I expect?

I don’t have a body shop. How do I meet the steel and aluminum welding requirements?

Our shop is sublet to a GM dealer. How does this program affect us?

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

Will I-CAR notify GM that my dealership has completed the required steel and aluminum welding certifications? How long will it take for course completions to be posted in the GM system?

I have already completed and passed an I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) and/or Steel Sectioning (SPS05) Certification test. Does that count toward the requirements for the Stingray program?

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

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