Ottawa, Ontario — I-CAR will create a new ADAS technician role that will eventually be required for Gold Class shops, I-CAR sales and marketing senior vice president Nick Notte said on Tuesday.
During the virtual broadcast of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), Notte said that January’s CIC event included a suggestion for I-CAR to create such a role. He announced that I-CAR had accepted the challenge during yesterday’s broadcast.
During his presentation, Notte noted that an ADAS position is “an important cornerstone” of I-CAR’s professional development program. I-CAR already has a program in place to train a repairer to Platinum status as an electronic/diagnostics technician, though this role is optional and currently not required to achieve or attain Gold Class status.
Andrew Shepherd, I-CAR Canada’s executive director confirmed the program will also apply in Canada.
“This is absolutely the right direction for collision repair,” Shepherd told Collision Repair. “The complexity of ADAS technologies, and their critical role in driver and passenger safety, mean that we must be trained and ready to make effective repairs in this area.”
During Wednesday’s CIC presentation, Notte said I-CAR plans to reach out to repairers, OEMs and ADAS designers for input about the new job and hopes to have an update on it for the January 2021 CIC.