From left: Roger Speer, UTI vice president business development; Robert Hills, UTI senior education program manager; and Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator, outline the I-CAR PDP-EE curriculum. Bill Stage, I-CAR director education segment development, says I-CAR is “excited to help you prepare your students for a rewarding career in collision repair.”

I-CAR launches new ProLevel training courses for educators, enhances PDP-EE

Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR announced the rollout of its new ProLevel training courses for educators in October.

“The new I-CAR ProLevel training program for instructors — with knowledge in a minimum of 19 areas — is an online study program designed to help educators master and refine their skills,” said Bill Stage, I-CAR director education segment development.

There are three levels in the I-CAR educator ProLevel program. The first will be a concentration in the following areas listed below. I-CAR stated that ProLevel 2 and ProLevel 3 areas of focus are in development.


ProLevel 1

 • Mix, store, and dispose of hazardous materials

 • Remove and install trim and hardware

 • Identify various vehicle materials, bolt-on parts, and movable glass

 • Perform steel cosmetic straightening and plastic repair

 • Understand the corrosion protection process

 • Use and maintain a spray gun

 • Prepare and prime vehicles and vehicle parts

 • Sand, buff, and detail a refinished vehicle

 • Effectively present teaching materials, engage audiences and transfer knowledge to students

 • Use PDP-EE Curriculum Program to teach automotive collision repair


George Hritz, executive director of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT), said I-CAR is working very hard to attract and train new educators for the their program.

“One of the issues in finding qualified teachers is that, just like becoming a journeyman technician takes time and training, so does becoming a good teacher. The ProLevel training should also help instructors keep their NATEF certification valid.”

More information will be forthcoming as it is made available.


Modifications and enhancements coming to PDP-EE

It was announced at the recent 2016 NACE/CARS EXPO in Anaheim, Calif., that there are changes in the 2016/2017

I-CAR Professional Development Program – Education Edition (PDP-EE) curriculum.

I-CAR held a Career & Technical Education (CTE) town hall meeting for educators, the purpose of which was to outline the program’s modifications and enhancements.

“We have updated course material to include new technologies and have shifted about 25 percent of the basic courses to online delivery,” panelist Bill Stage said.

The I-CAR PDP-EE is taught by I-CAR instructors and was developed with the needs of CTE schools in mind, allowing educators to implement the curriculum with ease. It is offered by more than 500 career and technical schools. Upon completing the program, students graduate with an I-CAR Platinum designation.

Panelist Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator, said, “It’s the training that many collision repair businesses prefer in the technicians they hire.”

The panel also outlined the current PDP-EE curriculum package, which includes:

 • Specialized Training: Students complete the same I-CAR training that employed collision repair technicians receive. Students spend nearly 70 percent of their time in the shop, mastering hands-on skills and techniques they learn in the classroom.

 • Industry Credentials: Upon successful completion of the program, students earn Platinum ProLevel 1 credentials for the Non-Structural Technician and Refinish Technician.

 • Educator/School Support: The program also includes educator training, step-by-step instructor manuals, curriculum delivery recommendations, electronic textbooks, student performance evaluation tools and hands-on shop exercises, as well as materials to help schools market their PDP-EE program.


 “The PDP-EE curriculum is designed to give students a solid base of collision repair training and consists of three areas of concentration,” Stage said, which include the following:

 • Intro to Collision Repair Series: Topics include personal safety, parts terminology, repair terms, mechanical systems, and tools and equipment.

 • Non-Structural Technician – ProLevel 1: Topics include bolted-on part replacement, movable glass, plastic and composite repair, and advanced high-strength steel overview.

 • Refinish Technician – ProLevel 1: Topics include refinish safety, corrosion protection, trim and hardware, detailing, and hazardous waste storage and disposal.

“The PDP-EE puts the power of the entire I-CAR organization behind your school,” Sobczak said. “And, I-CAR is strongly supported by the entire collision repair inter-industry, including most major vehicle manufacturers and insurers.

Stage said the I-CAR Welding Training & Certification program is also available for a separate fee, providing more value to graduates’ credentials.

“We are excited to help you prepare your students for a rewarding career in collision repair,” Stage said. “And to help you and your instructors increase your proficiency through the ProLevel program.” 

Other panelists included Roger Speer, UTI vice president business development, and Robert Hills, UTI senior education program manager.

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