I-CAR now offers new Vehicle and Technology Specific Training (VTST) courses, the majority of which are mandatory for all FCA Certified Collision Care workshops. I-CAR is also offering a 15% discount on EV courses until the end of the month.
VTST courses “ensure that professionals are trained to have the knowledge and skills to perform complete, safe and quality repairs”, and, since June 1, six of eight are required to obtain or maintain certification FCA, according to a joint press release from Stellantis and I-CAR.
“The Stellantis Service Engineering Group has worked closely with the I-CAR Curriculum Development team to incorporate the latest Stellantis procedures into all new courses,” said Lynn Rogers, Manager Stellantis technical service operations for North America. “As the complexity of today’s vehicle repairs accelerates, we are raising the bar on our training requirements to ensure that our entire collision network is at a ‘master class’ level in their knowledge and skills.
The following courses will be compulsory:
- FCA wiTECH scan tool fundamentals (prerequisite for FCA driver assistance systems for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Alfa Romeo and FIAT vehicles) – learn about the components, configuration and use of basis of the wiTECH™ 2.0 analysis tool
- FCA wiTECH ECU Flashing – learn to identify types of electronic control unit (ECU) flashes, the components needed for an ECU flash, be able to tell if the flash applies to a vehicle, and more.
- FCA Driver Assistance Systems – learn about the operation and calibration of electronic driver assistance systems in Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Alfa Romeo and FIAT vehicles.
- FCA Introduction to Service Library – learn how to access and use the latest service information available on FCA vehicles in an overview of the OEM Service Library.
- FCA markets your certification – learn best practices to help you start marketing and leveraging your FCA certification.
- Jeep Grand Cherokee WL – a one-hour course that describes significant design changes to the WL, vehicle construction materials, maintenance, repairs, and electrical and mechanical procedures.
These courses will be part of I-CAR’s VTST portfolio and are linked to I-CAR’s Professional Development Program, which I-CAR says RDN “features distinct training paths that provide each professional involved in the collision repair industry the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to perform their role successfully.
VTST courses count towards completion of annual role-specific training and can be taken by anyone at their FCA Certified Collision Care facility. All courses are available online and can be taken by anyone in the industry.
Prior course completions will not be affected. In addition, the following electives are recommended for FCA Certified Collision Care
facilities to consider: FCA Diagnostic Data Recording with wiTECH (“Flight Recording”) and FCA Creating a compelling message when marketing your certification.
The eight courses will also be available on an elective basis to all students and businesses in the collision repair ecosystem.
“I-CAR looks forward to further developing our portfolio of vehicle and technology-specific training courses, and to strengthening our relationship with Stellantis and other OEMs by developing additional courses highlighting new vehicles as they come to market and/or new and specialized repair considerations,” said Bud Center, I-CAR’s Director of Technical Products and Curriculum.
For more information on the program, including steps to become certified, visit certifymyshop.com/chrysler.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Course
In recognition of National Safety Month, I-CAR is also offering a 15% discount through the end of June on a set of eight online electric vehicle courses. The main reason for the discount is the importance for repairers to know how to properly repair EVs, as “a mistake during the EV repair process could seriously affect the safety of the technician, the workshop or the customer” , says a press release from I-CAR. .
“Collision industry technicians have generally not focused on electrical theory, diagnostics and repair as mechanical diagnostic technicians, so these courses are intended to provide them with a solid understanding of fundamental knowledge and aspects of safety issues before they come in for additional hands-on training,” Center told RDN.
The courses are:
- Electrical Theory – covers the basic concepts of electrical theory, including electricity, electric current flow, resistance, and Ohm’s Law, as well as the different elements of an electrical circuit, types of circuits and electrical circuit theory.
- Circuit Measurements with a Digital Voltmeter (DVO) – learn how to measure voltage, resistance, and current with a DVOM.
- Troubleshooting Basic Electrical Circuits – learn about the different types of troubleshooting repair documents available, the I-CAR five-step troubleshooting process, and the most common types of faults.
- Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EV) – learn what types of electric vehicles are on the road today and the purpose of each unique piece.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Initial Inspection and Handling – discusses initial inspection and safety considerations for EVs upon arrival at a repair shop;
- Understanding High Voltage Safety – explains the elements of electricity and the relationship between voltage, current and resistance with high voltage systems.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Damage Analysis – reviews necessary safety precautions when working with EVs; and
- Introduction to Electric Vehicle (EV) Maintenance Considerations – learn how to remove and install (R&I), and remove and replace (R&R), common EV system parts that are associated with collision repairs.
The courses are prerequisites for a soon-to-be-launched five-day practical EV skills development course, led exclusively by I-CAR technical experts at the Chicago Technical Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for which course details and registration information will be announced. soon.
“Since we just launched this series, we don’t know exactly what to expect, but we do – with the number of EVs on the road today, combined with the more than 100 new EVs hitting the market , the subject cannot be avoided – electric vehicles are here and I-CAR will continue to invest in educational programs to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. “Said Center.
“Some manufacturers have announced their intention to switch to 100% electric vehicles in the very near future, so it is necessary to understand how to repair electric vehicles now.”
For example, Ford Blue President Kumar Galhotra announced on June 2 “as part of our plan to drive the future of our industry and produce a new generation of great Ford products for our customers”, the creating 6,200 new United Auto Workers (UAW) jobs and investing $3.7 billion in Ford plants in the Midwest. The new jobs include 1,800 at Ford’s assembly plant in Ohio, where Galhotra made the announcement.
Galhotra said groundbreaking at the three-city Ohio plant will begin later this year and workers will begin building an all-new commercial electric vehicle by mid-year. decade.
I-CAR Vice President of Technical Products, Programs and Services Jeff Peevy said the courses are “designed to provide clarity and guidance to keep technicians safe and to minimize risk and error. when working on any electric vehicle, in any shop or industry location. ”
I-CAR customers who are already part of a Training Subscription Plan have access to all eight Live, Online and Virtual Unlimited Subscription Benefit courses. Gold Class stores that are not part of I-CAR’s training subscription plan will receive a 20% discount on the package. I-CAR Platinum technicians are entitled to a 20% discount on the package.
To access the 15% package discount, register here before June 30, 2022. For the latest I-CAR EV news, resources and course offerings, visit Charged For EV.
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