Light Vehicle Training

In this fast-changing vehicle repair industry, the right training, tooling and equipment are more important than ever to complete proper repairs.

The new Training Requirements are included in the 2017 Light Vehicle Accreditation Agreement. By March 2018, shops must have attained, or substantially be in the process of attaining, their I-CAR Gold Class Professionals recognition.

To achieve this, your shop must have individuals with Platinum recognition in the key roles of Refinish Technician, Non-Structural Technician, Steel Structural Technician and Estimator. This can take time to complete, and we will work with shops individually to create a personalized plan to achieve Gold recognition.

In addition to your shop’s I-CAR Gold Class Professionals recognition, additional training requirements are in place for estimators and welders. Depending on the work your shop does, additional OEM training and manufacturer/supplier training may be required. These requirements are in addition to any applicable mandatory provincial training regulations.

Required light-vehicle training included in the 2017 Light Vehicle Accreditation Agreement:

  1. I-CAR Gold Class Professionals recognition: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will achieve and maintain their I-CAR Gold Class Professionals recognition. This is a current accreditation requirement. 2017 is a transition year and individualized training plans will be developed to help shops meet the training requirements.
  2. I-CAR Platinum Individual recognition: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will designate one technician to fill each of I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP) key roles and those key role technicians will obtain I-CAR Platinum Recognition. This is a current accreditation requirement, and we will work with you individually to create a personalized plan to achieve Gold recognition. I-CAR’s PDP key roles are: Estimator; Steel Structural Technician; Non-Structural Technician and Refinish Technician.
  3. MPI Estimating Standards: Individuals in the Estimator role at MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will participate in MPI Estimating Standards training and are required to complete the training and pass a comprehensive test for an annual I-CAR credit. This is a new requirement.
  4. Welding Certification and Re-Certification: Every technician performing welding must obtain a valid I-CAR Welding Certificate. This requirement also requires the Welding Certificate to be renewed with I-CAR every five years. Welding certification is a current requirement, but re-certification is a new requirement.
  5. OEM Training: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will be required to take relevant OEM training in relation to their shop capabilities. This is not a new requirement, but the volume of available OEM training is steadily increasing.
  6. Manufacturer/Supplier Training: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will be required to take relevant manufacturer and/or supplier based training in relation to their shop capabilities and the work they wish to perform. This is not a new requirement, but the volume of training is expected to increase.
  7. I-CAR Key Roles: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will list their key role technicians for MPI. This is a current requirement.
  8. Red Seals/Journeypersons: MPI accredited light vehicle repair shops will name their Red Seal/ Journeyperson technicians for MPI. This is a new requirement.

MPI will support your shop throughout all your training. Our Center for Automotive Research and Training will provide cost-effective and accessible training opportunities.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your MPI shop support representative at any time.