Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:08

CREF Recognizes 163 Career Programs With ‘Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark’


The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced it has recognized 163 schools with its new designation program, the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark,” which was launched in 2016.

This is an increase of 35 percent from the 121 schools that participated in the program and achieved a benchmark in its inaugural year.


Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools were classified into three tiers:

• Tier 1: Advanced
• Tier 2: Proficient
• Tier 3: Developing


The designation was determined by the Foundation based upon information provided by schools about the capabilities of their program on the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application.


The program is currently accepting applications for 2018.


In 2017, 17 schools received a Tier 1 designation, 111 schools achieved Tier 2 and 35 schools achieved Tier 3. All Tiers saw increases from the previous year. In 2016, nine schools received a Tier 1 designation, 80 schools achieved Tier 2 and 31 schools achieved Tier 3.


Schools are recognized at different levels based upon criteria that focus around the number of hours of instruction and curriculum in place, along with the tools, equipment and supplies a school uses to prepare its students for employment in the collision industry.


Participation in the Makeover grant program provides schools with necessary items to help them advance to higher levels and expand their programs to best serve students and the industry. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation.

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