I-CAR Gold Class designation is one of the basic knowledge and skill requirement options to qualify for the ProFirst Certified body shop program from American Honda Motor Co. Through earning the Gold Class designation, collision repair facilities may increase operational efficiencies, reduce cycle times, minimize repair mistakes, and most importantly, complete safe repairs.
For information on getting started with the Gold Class designation, visit Gold Class Professionals Business Recognition.
The ProFirst Certified body shop program is available to both dealer-owned and independent collision repair facilities.
ProFirst Training Requirements
In response to industry needs, Honda has expanded eligibility to allow more collision repair facilities the opportunity to qualify for ProFirst Certified status. To qualify for ProFirst Certified status, shops may now choose from one of the two options listed below.
I-CAR Gold Class® designation PLUS a minimum of two* steel structural technicians and one estimator from each shop complete and pass the Honda/Acura training as shown below.
* Smaller shops with only one steel structural technician will qualify with a minimum of one steel structural technician and one estimator completing and passing.
I-CAR Gold Class® designation PLUS a minimum of one steel structural technician, one non-structural technician and one estimator from each shop complete and pass the Honda/Acura training as shown below.
These are the currently available modules of the American Honda training series. Modules will be introduced from time to time as determined by American Honda. The Shop will be advised via email as new modules are available and will have 90 days from the date that a given class is announced to complete the specified class in order to maintain its ProFirst Certified status. For your convenience, these modules will be delivered online through I-CAR. The modules apply to U.S. models only.
Additional requirements must be met in order to qualify for the ProFirst program, including CSI System, Tools and Equipment, Facility Standards and Shop Inspections. For more specific program information, contact the program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.