North Richland Hills, Texas — July 26, 2017 – The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) has developed two new professional designations for the Collision Repair Estimator role. The new designations were developed in conjunction with I-CAR and require I-CAR training to satisfy technical damage analysis requirements.
“The new designations, represent 14 months of industry work to identify and develop requirements, which include AMi, I-CAR and Information Provider training and ASE B6 Certification,” said Jeff Peevy, AMi President. “The designations also require elective credit hours from AMi approved industry training providers, teaching estimating related topics.”
Two levels of designations are available, Accredited Collision-Repair Estimator (ACE) and Accredited Master Collision-Repair Estimator (AMCE).
These new designations require multiple categories of training and professional achievement, including business related and soft-skills, technical damage analysis and information provider.
“The joining of two esteemed professional designations, I-CAR Platinum and AMi ACE/AMCE, strengthens and reinforces the professionalism of the Estimator role, a role that is critical to the collision repair process,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO and President of I-CAR. “This move further builds our relationship with AMi, which started in 2016 with our Production Management coursework as an elective for their collision repair accreditations.”
In addition, the AMCE designation requires successful completion and maintaining of ASE’s B6 certification.
“The collision repair estimator needs wide ranging knowledge and skills to serve as the all-important link joining customer, insurance, and repair shop,” said Tim Zilke, ASE President and CEO. “At ASE, we are proud to offer the ASE Damage Analysis and Estimating (B6) Certification; it lets the pros demonstrate their proficiency in all job-related areas. The inclusion of this certification in AMi’s Accredited Master Collision-Repair Estimator designation is further proof of the pivotal role of estimators within the broader collision repair industry.”
For more information about AMi’s Estimator Designations and their requirements, please visit amionline.org/Files/Documents/Estimator-Promo-Flier-v1.pdf.