The General Motors Collision Repair Network (CRN) requires facilities to obtain and maintain the I-CAR® Gold Class® designation. The I-CAR Gold Class designation ensures that professionals are trained to have the knowledge and skills required to provide customers with efficient, safe and high-quality collision repairs.
General Motors relies on I-CAR to make certain specific training programs available to collision repair technicians, as listed below. The programs listed below are the only training programs available through I-CAR that have been reviewed and approved by General Motors.
GM CRN Levels
- GM CRN Basic
- I-CAR Gold Class® Recognition
- GM CRN C8 and CT6 ICE Specialty
- CRN BEV Specialty
- General Motors Company (GMC) Hummer Electric Vehicle (EV) (Online, 1h)
- Introduction to Electric Vehicles (Online, 30m)
- Electrical Theory (Online, 30m)
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Initial Inspection and Handling (Online, 30m)
- Understanding High Voltage Safety (Online, 45m)
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Damage Analysis (Online, 30m)
To learn more about the GM Collision repair network, visit GMParts.com.
GM Service Training Standards - Body Structural Repair
GM Service Technical College (STC) includes I-CAR training as required for a minimum of one technician per GM dealer or dealer sublet repair facility and optional training within the Body Structural Repair portion of Service Training Standards (STS). The required I-CAR courses are:
Training and Certification: Steel Sectioning (Welding, 6h)
Introduction to MIG Brazing (Online, 1h)
MIG Brazing Hands-On Skills Development (Hands-On, 4h)
Introduction to Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (Online, 1h)
Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Hands-On Skills Development (Hands-On, 4h)
Corvette Stingray - Aluminum Welding
In addition to Steel GMA Welding Certification or Steel Sectioning Welding Certification, Chevrolet dealers with Corvette Stingray allocation must have a minimum of two structural technicians complete the following I-CAR Welding Training & Certification™ course:
- Training and Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (Welding, 6h)
BEV - Basic Training
EV collision repairs can be performed at a certified GM BEV Basic collision center. Electrification work must be completed at a GM EV dealer.
Introduction to Electric Vehicles (Online, 30m)
Electrical Theory (Online, 30m)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Initial Inspection and Handling (Online, 30m)
Understanding High Voltage Safety (Online, 45m)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Damage Analysis (Online, 30m)
GM BEV Course Package (Online, 3h 45m)
GM CRN C8 and CT6 ICE Specialty
For a body shop to have the ability to order Corvette C8 and Cadillac CT6 restricted structural parts, they must be an active member of GM CRN with the C8 and CT6 ICE Specialty level.
Additional requirements must be met in order to qualify for the C8 and CT6 ICE Specialty designation. For more specific program information, please visit GMParts.com or contact SGM-CRN@OEConnection.com.
Windshield Repair and Replace
Properly performing fixed glass and windshield R&R (repair and replace) is important to a vehicle’s structural integrity. Continuing growth of GM’s training knowledge base, STC recommends technicians interested in fixed glass repair take Stationary Glass Removal and Installation.
This course will help technicians understand the role of stationary glass, explain methods for removing and installing windshields and recognize steps for preparing the glass and applying the adhesive.
In January 2023, GM released a position statement specific to windshield replacement. Please find all of GM’s position statements at GMParts.com.