Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
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Saskatchewan Polytechnic first post-secondary institution to receive OEM certification in North America

Certified Collision Care OEM certification recognizes organizations that have made investments in tools, equipment and training required to ensure vehicles are properly repaired to auto manufacturer specifications


September 25, 2018 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the first and only post-secondary institution recognized as a Certified Collision Care Provider in North America. Certified Collision Care recognizes Sask Polytech’s Auto Body Technician programs as market leaders that train students to repair vehicles to auto manufacturer specifications.

“As vehicle construction and design rapidly evolve, it is challenging for educational facilities to keep pace with change,” says Leanne Jefferies, vice-president of Canadian Operations at Assured Performance Certified Collision Care. “I am thrilled to have Saskatchewan Polytechnic be the first institution to achieve OEM certification with Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Kia and Nissan through the new Certified Collision Care Technical Institute & Community College Certification program. This achievement demonstrates their high level of commitment to excellence in providing students with relevant, up-to-date automotive training.”

Certified Collision Care manages the collision repair facility OEM certification programs for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Kia in Canada. Sask Polytech is the first and only post-secondary institution to be recognized for its investment in tools, equipment and training through the just-launched Certified Collision Care -- Technical Institute & Community College Certification. Sask Polytech has made the investments needed to keep pace and train students in repair techniques that meet OEM requirements.

“This is a very proud moment to showcase the level and quality of training Sask Polytech provides our Auto Body Technician program students,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “The OEM certification from Certified Collision Care emphasizes the world-class education our students receive and will help to increase their job-readiness upon graduating.”

To receive OEM certification Sask Polytech followed the same rigorous process as collision repair facilities. During the certification process, all compliance is documented and then verified on-site by an inspector.

Sask Polytech offers a one-year certificate and provides the in-school portion of apprenticeship training for the Auto Body Technician programs. The programs provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills required to work in motor vehicle body repair and refinishing.

About Certified Collision Care: The mission of the Certified Collision Care program is to raise the industry's technical capability and business operating standards; ensure each repair business that is certified has what is necessary to properly and safely repair current and future vehicles manufactured by the participating automakers; provide consumers with an exceptional experience; and offer employees a career opportunity within a professionally operated business.

Certified Collision Care is the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, the largest network of OEM Certified repair providers in the world, and administers the Canadian Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network, Fiat Chrysler Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility, Ford National Body Shop Network and Kia Certified Collision Repair Facility programs.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.