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I-CAR Gold Class® designation is one of the basic knowledge and skill requirement options to qualify for the Honda and Acura Certified Collision body shop programs from American Honda Motor Co. Through earning the Gold Class designation, collision repair facilities may increase operational efficiencies, reduce cycle times, minimize repair mistakes, and most importantly, complete safe repairs.
The Honda and Acura Certified Collision body shop programs are available to both dealer-owned and independent collision repair facilities.
All Shops Certified by American Honda Motor Co. must register for and complete the following:
One person in each of the three (3) roles listed below must take all of the required Honda courses to meet Honda’s Training requirements. One (1) person may not satisfy the requirements for multiple roles. The shop may satisfy Honda and Acura training requirements via staffing options 1 or 2 listed below.
- At least two (2) structural technicians and one (1) estimator
- At least one (1) structural technician, one (1) non-structural technician, and one (1) estimator.
Additional requirements must be met in order to qualify for the programs, including CSI System, Tools and Equipment, Facility Standards and Shop Inspections.
Professional Development Program
The Professional Development Program™ (PDP) is role-relevant training and provides distinct training paths in industry-recognized Knowledge Areas. To earn Gold Class Recognition, businesses must achieve and maintain training across each of the major Collision Repair Roles: