AMi launches professional designations for estimator role

North Richland Hills, Texas—The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) announced the development and launch of two new professional designations for the collision repair estimator role. 

“The new designations represent 14 months of industry work to identify and develop requirements, which include AMi, I-CAR, information provider training and ASE B6 Certification,” said Jeff Peevy, AMi President. “The designations also require elective credit hours from AMi-approved industry training providers, teaching estimating related topics.” 

Two levels of designations are available: Accredited Collision-Repair Estimator (ACE) and Accredited Master Collision-Repair Estimator (AMCE). The new designations require multiple categories of training and professional achievement, and I-CAR training to satisfy technical damage analysis. 

“The joining of two esteemed professional designations, I-CAR Platinum and AMi ACE/AMCE, strengthens and reinforces the professionalism of the estimator role, a role that is critical to the coll”sion repair process," said John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-CAR. “As the industry standard for technical training, I-CAR’s Pro-Level 3 Platinum Estimator/APDA achievement is a logical and robust building block for AMi’s accreditation program.”

The master level designation requires successful completion and maintainence of ASE’s B6 certification. “The collision repair estimator needs wide ranging knowledge and skills to serve as the all-important link joining customer, insurance, and repair shop,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. “At ASE, we are proud to offer the ASE Damage Analysis and Estimating (B6) Certification; it lets the pros demonstrate their proficiency in all job-related areas.”

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