I-CAR Press Room : 2024

I-CAR Launches New Early Career Technician Program: I-CAR Academy


I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, launched I-CAR Academy, a comprehensive educational program that includes a revolutionary entry-level collision repair curriculum for both career and technical schools and collision repair centers. Now in its 45th year of serving the automotive collision repair industry, I-CAR provides educational programming, technical information and services, and talent crisis solutions for the industry and its related value chain. I-CAR Academy is the first industry-neutral, comprehensive early career program designed specifically to attract, train, and retain technicians, and recognize the schools and repair centers training new entrants.

Collision Careers Enhances Web Presence and Debuts New Video Celebrating the Technician to Attract Tomorrow’s Talent


As the industry celebrates Automotive Service Professionals month in June, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, today announced the launch of an enhanced version of CollisionCareers.com. The updated website now includes highly sought after career path details and downloadable resources for parents, educators and school advisors, as well as a new, engaging video to better serve the collision repair industry in attracting and retaining skilled collision repair technicians.

High School Students Struggle to Navigate an Uncertain Future: Collision Careers Shows How a #CollisionDecision Offers a Rewarding Path into Automotive Collision Repair


Amid financial aid delays and concerns about the future, many students have skipped the pressures of May's Decision Day and considering an alternative path to a traditional four-year degree by choosing a skilled trade that offers long-term success and financial stability, like automotive collision repair. CollisionCareers.com pro-vides essential information and resources to students, parents, and educators about the rewarding and lucrative careers available in the collision repair industry.

I-CAR Recognizes Industry Excellence with Chairman’s Awards Presentation


I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, honored four industry leaders for their remarkable achievements and contributions to I-CAR's vision during the organization’s 45th-anniversary celebration at the I-CAR National Meeting. The event served to recognize and bring together I-CAR volunteers, instructors, and assessors, additionally 20 of our 57 Sustaining Partners participated in the weekend’s activities.

I-CAR Announces CEO & President John Van Alstyne’s Retirement


John Van Alstyne, I-CAR's CEO & President has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2025.

I-CAR Kicks Off Celebration Of 45 Years Supporting Collision Repair Industry


This year, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is kicking off a year-long cele-bration of 45 years of collaboration on behalf of the collision repair industry. Established in 1979 in re-sponse to the increasing complexity of modern vehicles, I-CAR provides educational programming, technical information and related services, and talent crisis solutions for the collision repair industry and its related value chain.

I-CAR Set to Launch RTS Mobile App for Collision Repair Technicians


I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has taken a significant digital leap with the introduction of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) app for mobile devices. This move signifies a shift from RTS's former online-exclusive presence to a more accessible platform, putting OEM Partial Part Replacement, OEM Calibration Requirements, technical news, and industry best practices right at the fingertips of industry professionals.

I-CAR and SCRS Partner with Ducker Carlisle to Release White Paper on Collision Repair Technician Satisfaction


In response to the growing challenges faced by the collision repair industry in retaining and attracting skilled technicians, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, in collaboration with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), engaged with Ducker Carlisle, a global consulting firm, to conduct a technician satisfaction survey researching their opinions on compensation, culture and career opportunities.

I-CAR Strengthens Leadership Team with Key Appointments


I-CAR, the collision repair industry’s not-for-profit body championing technical educational programming, related technical information and services, and most recently undertaking industry-wide effort to especially attract and deploy technician talent across the industry, is pleased to announce strategic appointments to its executive leadership team, with immediate effect. These positions, focused on building both strong industry relations while continuing to enhance technical programming at all levels, are being made to further build I-CAR’s position as the industry’s leader and expert on vehicle technology and related technical educational programming.

OPUS IVS Joins I-CAR’s Sustaining Partner Program


I-CAR® the collision repair industry’s standard for technical educational programming and related technical services, announced today that Opus IVS™, a provider of advanced diagnostics, programming, and live repair guidance for complex vehicles, has joined I-CAR's Sustaining Partner Program. This collaboration demonstrates Opus IVS's support for I-CAR’s industry mission and dedication to empowering both mechanical and collision repair shops with cutting-edge solutions for efficient repairs.

I-CAR’s Collision Careers Launches First-Ever Digital Advertising Campaign To Attract Technicians To Collision Repair


Today I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced its Collision Careers platform launched its first-ever digital advertising campaign aimed at attracting high potential talent to the industry and showcasing the benefits of a career in collision repair to solve a talent crisis that is estimated to be 100,000 skilled technicians short.

I-CAR and Ford Collaborate to Launch Four New Ford Repair Courses


I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, which serves as the not-for-profit technical educational programming provider for the collision repair industry, has collaborated with Ford to introduce four new Ford repair courses. These online courses were designed in alignment with Ford repair procedures to equip repair professionals with the skills needed to maintain and repair the latest Ford vehicle models.