I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.
The I-CAR VisionThat every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
The I-CAR MissionTo deliver increasingly accessible, on-demand and relevant education, knowledge, services and solutions for the Collision Repair Inter-Industry.
The I-CAR Governance Model ensures that I-CAR remains ahead of the curve in its quest to support and accelerate its critical vision and mission-based work: to equip every person in the collision repair industry with the technical knowledge, skills, information and solutions necessary to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
Formed in 1979 out of a collaboration across the six segments of the collision repair Inter-Industry, I-CAR serves -- and is represented by – all of the Inter-Industry segments:
The Industry Standard
Representatives from the six segments of the collision repair Inter-Industry banded together to create I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.
Since its humble beginnings in 1979, I-CAR has grown tremendously.
Value of Training
The I-CAR Professional Development Program™ (PDP) supplies collision repair and insurance companies with a reliable framework for building requisite knowledge and acquiring Gold Class. The PDP also provides a framework for continually updating the knowledge and skills that produce proper repairs, improved business performance and reduced risk. Separate training tracks are available for collision repair professionals and insurance professionals.
Everyone is interested in improved business performance. While collision repairers thrive from improved KPIs across their business, insurers and automakers with network programs are able to realize lower cost to repair, faster repairs and generate improved brand loyalty and customer retention.
- Provides collision repair training to more than 14,000 individual businesses and more than 91,300 students annually
- Offers 275+ courses delivered through live, online, virtual and in-shop hands on formats
- Provides the industry with a growing suite of services and solutions
- Provide technical resources through the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal
- Serves the industry with more than 2,200 volunteers, instructors and staff, and more than 250 local committees across the U.S.
Through this productive collaboration, I-CAR has developed the industry's most effective, rigorous and role-specific training -- including the I-CAR Professional Development Program™ with its Platinum™ and Gold Class™ recognition, Welding Training & Certification™ and Career & Technical School Programs. Today, I-CAR continues to advocate for the education, information and knowledge that will advance the collision repair industry and ensure the safety of consumers. By embarking on new consultative relationships and developing cutting-edge training solutions, I-CAR is helping the collision repair industry stay current, focused and committed to quality while keeping a pulse on emerging technologies to arm collision repair professionals for the next wave of changes to the industry.
I-CAR Today and Tomorrow
With the introduction of the unibody vehicle design in the 1970s, the nature of collision repair changed drastically. In order to ensure that those involved in collision repair had the information, knowledge and skills needed to perform complete, safe and quality repairs, it soon became clear that collision repair training needed to evolve.
Ongoing changes in OEM technology, materials, manufacturing capabilities and standards make I-CAR more relevant than ever to the collision repair Inter-Industry. As a result of the 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) legislation requirements, driver safety and industry-wide customer satisfaction initiatives, vehicle technology changes are accelerating rapidly. I-CAR has not only greatly expanded and enhanced the training it provides but cultivated new consultative relationships and developed cutting-edge training solutions that help the collision repair industry remain current, focused and committed to quality.
40 Years in the Making
Focused on Engagement
I-CAR's focus is to provide everyone involved in collision repair with access to high-quality, industry-recognized training solutions. The organization also encourages and supports ongoing conversations in the industry about issues that impact collision repair.
Each year, I-CAR recognizes industry achievements and commitments to training among individuals and businesses in the collision repair industry. These prestigious awards honor and recognize outstanding contributions to advancing technical education and professionalism. Those recognized are industry leaders who believe the importance and benefits of training, knowledge and education in helping deliver complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. More information, including nomination forms, is available here. Nominate yourself or others for the Russ Verona Gold Class Shop award or the Jeff Silver Platinum Technician award, or both!