Friday, 07 February 2014 01:54

State Farm and I-CAR Partner on New Welding Initiative

State Farm Insurance has teamed with I-CAR and invites all of its Select Service repairers to participate in I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification program throughout 2014. This initiative supports State Farm’s commitment to training that will enable its repairers to perform proper welds that yield quality repairs.

The program offers Select Service businesses the opportunity to easily register for welding training directly through a provided link on their websites, at newly reduced price levels. Russ Hoffbauer, P&C Claims director from State Farm, explain, “We believe welding proficiency benefits State Farm policyholders by providing quality repairs to policyholder vehicles. While participating in the I-CAR Welding Certification is not mandatory for Select Service repairers, we anticipate that repairers will be eager to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Repairers who participate in I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification program will find they benefit from an assessment of shop infrastructure and equipment that includes coaching and trouble- shooting, ensuring readiness for a successful training event. Once a shop passes the assessment, each student in class will receive personal instruction, have the ability to practice on the equipment that they use in-shop every day, then apply their skills and demonstrate through a certification test that they have a confirmed level of welding skills.

“I commend State Farm for working with I-CAR to develop this initiative that supports the industry’s need to better prepare repairers for the welding required today and in the future,” states I-CAR CEO & president John Van Alstyne.

For more information on I-CAR courses, visit www.i-car.com.

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