Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers courses to earn I-CAR Canada status

Unique approach to I-CAR Canada Individual Platinum courses position industry to be among the best in Canada

March 13, 2020 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering courses to earn I-CAR Canada Individual Platinum status to help auto body professionals receive the technical training required to repair vehicles to highest industry standard. This training is required to become an I-CAR Gold Class recognized shop – the highest rating in Canada. These courses needed to achieve I-CAR Canada status may be eligible for the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant.

Vehicles are becoming more complex and the I-CAR courses offered by Sask Polytech will help auto body professionals update their skills to repair cars safely.

"Sask Polytech is ready to help meet the training needs of Auto Body professionals through offering courses to help shops achieve I-CAR Gold Class status," says Paul Carter, dean of the School of Transportation. "Registration is currently open for courses in eight roles, including Auto Body Repair Estimator and Automotive Collision Appraiser."

"The cost of training one individual in a body shop to be an I-CAR Canada Individual Platinum employee can be over $6,500. The Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant is a terrific asset to shops that support this training for their employees who in turn become much more valuable to their shops," says Tom Bissonnette, executive director of the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers.

"The collaboration of Sask Polytech, SAAR and I-CAR Canada is both effective and timely," says Andrew Shepherd, executive director of I-CAR Canada. "Collision repair facilities striving to be the best and to meet modern demands for vehicle repair have a terrific local resource as well as an amazing source of funding support. This approach is unique in Canada."

New training is required to become an I-CAR Gold Class recognized shop. Sask Polytech’s courses to achieve I-CAR Canada recognition are blended delivery, meaning there is both online training and a practical shop component. To learn more visit saskpolytech.ca/trades-courses.

Employers are encouraged to apply online for the Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant for Sask Polytech’s courses to become an I-CAR Gold Class recognized shop.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 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 need, 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.