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I-CAR Helps the Industry Succeed

Tool, equipment and supply companies play a critical role in the collision repair industry. Working in collaboration with I-CAR, together we are building a community of highly knowledgeable, highly committed individuals. Our common goals? Enhanced relationships, improved consumer safety and outstanding business results.

To learn more about how I-CAR works with the supplier industry, click on a tab below.

A Proven Partner for Suppliers

I-CAR works hand-in-hand with the tool, equipment, and supply segment to bring the most current and relevant training to their employees as well as their customers. Members of the supplier industry not only contribute to much of the content found in I-CAR training, but I-CAR also recognizes many of these organizations’ training courses though the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance.


I-CAR Industry Training Alliance

Through the Industry Training Alliance, collision repair professionals may apply for PDP™ credit when they complete certain eligible training programs offered by leading OEMs, tool and equipment makers and other industry suppliers. 

I-CAR Professional Development Program™ (PDP)

I-CAR's PDP offers role-relevant collision repair training that provides technicians with the knowledge and skills needed to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. Many suppliers also rely on PDP training for their employees to ensure relevance and relationship-building between their company and their valued customers.

When businesses choose PDP training, good things happen for employees, businesses, consumers and the industry as a whole.

A Community of Quality Training

Thanks to the high quality of certain specialized collision repair training programs offered by OEMs, tool and equipment makers and other industry suppliers, the industry is getting closer to seeing the I-CAR Vision become reality: that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

The I-CAR Industry Training Alliance was formed to provide a mechanism for collision repair professionals to participate in these approved programs and receive I-CAR credit, which can be applied to the Professional Development Program™ and Gold Class™ and Platinum™ recognition. The Alliance not only reduces redundancy, it plays an important role in building a community of quality training partners.


3M Automotive

Akzo Nobel Coatings

ASET / Iwata Medea

Axalta Refinish Performance Management (RPM)



Bonding Solutions

Car-O-Liner Academy

Chief Automotive Technologies

Dan-Am Company

DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing

Fox Valley Technical College

General Motors Service Technical College

Kent Automotive

Lew Kinney & Associates

LORD Corporation, Fusor Automotive Repair Adhesives

Martin Senour Automotive Finishes

Matrix System Automotive Finishes


Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

PPG Automotive Refinish

Presta Products

Pro Spot International, Inc.

Pro-Spray Automotive Finishes

Saint-Gobain Abrasives

SEM Products, Inc.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corporation

Spies Hecker




Become an Alliance Partner

New partners seeking to join the Industry Training Alliance are always welcome, helping the industry to reduce redundant training through quality programs. Both instructor-led and online/self-study training programs may qualify for the program.

To become an Alliance Partner, you must:

  • Be an ASE-certified CASE training provider (or other industry-recognized certification)
  • Be a Corporate or Sustaining Member of I-CAR
  • Complete a detailed application and submit all required materials
  • Read and consent to the Provider Agreement
  • Submit the required payment to I-CAR

To receive a complete set of application materials, please send us an email.

For more details on Alliance program requirements, please click on the button below.


Industry Training Alliance Partners

Though the Alliance, I-CAR has formed a much-needed community of quality training providers in the collision repair industry.

I-CAR Professional Development Program™ (PDP)

I-CAR developed the PDP to provide role-relevant collision repair training that helps ensure technicians gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. When technicians complete approved Industry Training Alliance programs, they may apply for I-CAR credit which may be applied to their progress in the PDP.

Applying for Credit Is Easy!

Once you have completed role-relevant training from an eligible Training Alliance provider (click here for a list of approved providers and courses), you may apply for I-CAR credit. Simply complete the online I-CAR Industry Training Alliance Student Application and then print it and either fax or mail it to I-CAR at:

I-CAR Training Support Center

Attn: Industry Training Alliance

5125 Trillium Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
FAX: 800.590.1215

Please note that only training programs listed on the application form are eligible. A separate application is required for each student.

For help redeeming your Paint Maker Certification for Refinish Technician ProLevel 3 completion, please call the I-CAR Customer Care Support Team at 800-ICARUSA.

Once your application is processed, I-CAR Knowledge Area completion and credit hours will be applied to your personal training record, which can be viewed by visiting myI-CAR. Certificates are not issued by I-CAR for training received through the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance.

In order to ensure that your training has been recorded and can be verified by your Industry Training Alliance provider, I-CAR recommends you wait at least 45 days after completing training to submit your application.


Application Costs

Application processing costs are based on the number of credit hours for which you are applying:

  • Fewer than 8 credit hours: $47
  • 8 credit hours or more: $93

Please submit the appropriate payment with your application.

Please also note that completing I-CAR courses at career or technical schools requires a different application. Please see the Resources page of the Schools and Colleges section for more information.

Achieve the Status of "Gold Class Industry Services"

As part of the Professional Development Program™ (PDP), I-CAR offers Gold Class™ recognition to collision repair and insurance businesses that achieve and maintain high levels of role-relevent training for their employees. Increasingly, this training is also pertinent to suppliers and related industry providers that offer tool, equipment, product, and solutions to their customers within the Inter-Industry. However, due to the varied nature of the supplier segment, these businesses may not qualify for Gold Class recognition through the same requirements as the collision repair and insurance segments.

Because I-CAR has tailored the PDP to meet the specific needs of the collision repair and insurance segments, I–CAR allows suppliers and industry providers to complete many of the same training courses found within the PDP but does not require completion of a particular role or ProLevel. Businesses within the supplier segment can train under the former "5 & 2" rules to earn and maintain the status of "Gold Class Industry Services." I-CAR encourages suppliers and industry providers to choose the training most relevant to them and/or the customers they serve.  


I-CAR Professional Development Program™ (PDP)

I-CAR developed the PDP to provide role-relevant collision repair training that helps ensure technicians gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. As technicians complete and maintain the required training, they gain Platinum™ recognition and their companies gain Gold Class™ recognition.

Gold Class™ Recognition

Achieving Gold Class improves your confidence in the knowledge and skills of your employees, improves your relationships with collision shop customers, and improves your market presence.

Start Training Today

It's easy to get started with I-CAR training. Simply create a myI-CAR account and you'll find all the tools and support you need to plan, track and manage the training for all of your staff.

Support Your Community

In an industry that is wide reaching and diverse, I-CAR links together all related areas of collision repair into a close-knit community. But we can't do it alone.

Please become an I-CAR Sponsor. You not only support the collision repair community, you also improve your ability to connect with other businesses and gain important visibility in a competitive market.


Feature Your Tools and Equipment in I-CAR Courses

I-CAR relies on the generosity of the industry to feature quality tools and equipment in our courses. Our local markets are always in need of donations of equipment, supplies or gifts for classes, events, outings and trade shows.

To learn more about how your products can be included in relevant I-CAR training classes and events, please contact us today!

Sponsor an I-CAR Event

Every year, I-CAR hosts regional and national conferences that bring together the collision repair community and help raise the visibility of important issues affecting our industry.

We need your support to help make these conferences a success for everyone involved. Please consider sponsoring part of an event to help I-CAR in our mission to advance the industry and ensure that everyone in the industry is prepared for the future that lies ahead of us.

Support the Collision Repair Education Foundation

Career and technical schools around the country are tasked with a mandate to graduate new collision repair professionals who are prepared to be successful in their jobs from day one. Your donation of quality tools and equipment can help to improve the quality of their training programs -- and ultimately help to improve the quality of the skills technicians possess when they graduate.

Please visit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) website to learn more about how you can help.

Wounded Warrior

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001. The group's mission is to "honor and empower Wounded Warriors" of the United States Armed Forces and provide services and programs for the family members of its registered veterans.
I-CAR provides free curriculum to any Wounded Warrior-supported project.
Today, I-CAR is also helping to start a new program in North Carolina to teach collision repair to veterans returning from Afghanistan. Fayetteville Technical Community College and Ft. Bragg are collaborating to develop the program, for which I-CAR is proudly donating the curriculum license. The program is targeted to launch in August/September 2014.