I-CAR is the not quite obvious acronym for the Inter Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. I-CAR was started in the mid-70s in America as a non- profit organization with membership from all facets of the collision repair industry. The primary objective was then and continues to be today the providing of training and technical resources for technicians and others working in collision repair.
Today I-CAR licenses its programs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand
For many years training in BC was dominated by the requirements of ICBC and I-CAR had a very limited presence here. In 2015 management at ICBC realized that training of the industry should not be a core part of their business and they have moved away from their training role.
In mid-2106, of the more than 500 ICBC accredited shops in BC Tsawwassen Collision was one of only 23 that had become involved in the I-CAR program and reached the Gold Class in Progress level. In October, the first of these shops achieved the full Gold Class Gold level and on December 22 Tsawwassen Collision became the 9th repair facility in BC to become Gold Class.
We are proud of this significant achievement, which involved all our staff members and was reached after 53 On Line courses, 11 classroom courses and 3 hands-on welding qualifications.
There was a strong push in 2016 to reach this important level but we view it only as a step in the continuous process of learning and improvement. With more courses and welding qualifications we have maintained this status through 2018.