Friday, 06 August 2021 16:25

IADA Partners With CSAA to Provide Collision Training for Independent Adjusters

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Over the past couple years, the Independent Auto Damage Appraisers Association (IADA) has been building its education program, offering both virtual and live training classes, but as part of its efforts to “adapt to the modern shape of the industry,” IADA is excited to partner with CSAA Specialized Services to offer a new series of training courses.

The first CE accredited class, “Fuel Contamination Claims,” is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2021.


According to IADA Executive Vice President Peter Sheehan, Jr., “To best serve our professional community of independent auto damage appraisers, IADA knows we must stay relevant by keeping an eye on the industry’s future." "Between consolidation and technological advances, including the growing prevalence of AI claims, we’ve seen a lot of changes recently, so there’s a huge need for high-quality educational content."

"I think a lot of people are going to be very excited about the new training courses we’ll be launching in September."


Although organizations like I-CAR provide educational opportunities for collision repair shops, and insurance companies train their in-house employees, “Little training content is specifically intended for independent auto appraisers and adjusters,” Sheehan said. “IADA’s goal is to provide content that’s specially tuned for the independent auto damage professionals who want to obtain advanced auto and collision damage information and knowledge without delving into the actual repair.


“Our members need to know the aspects of the process that pertain to performing an appraisal,” Sheehan continued. “We’ve heard that their search for training specifically made for adjusters and appraisers have been fruitless; they’ve looked but haven’t been able to find any, so IADA is trying to fill that niche.”


IADA and CSAA are collaborating on a training schedule, and future course offerings are likely to focus on the following topics: advanced suspension, advanced structural repair, advanced refinishing, advanced sheet metal repair (steels/aluminum), modern aluminum vehicle repair, and new technologies, such as electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles.

Learn more about this partnership, or register for “Fuels Contamination Claims.”


On Sept. 30, IADA will partner with Fox Valley Technical College to offer a seminar on “Airbags and Supplementary Restraint Systems.” For more information about IADA, visit IADA.org.