Plastic Surgery: CARSTAR Canada hosts Polyvance for plastic repair training session

Hamilton, Ontario — CARSTAR Canada welcomed its members to the company’s Hamilton, Ont., headquarters in early February for an exclusive training session with Polyvance. The plastic repair training was conducted by John Wilburn, the head instructor of plastic repair and refinishing at Polyvance.  The day began with a classroom learning portion, presented by Bill Davidge […]

Selley’s Skills: St. Claude Auto Body’s Dorrian Selley wins Sam Piercey Foundation scholarship

Saint Claude, Manitoba — Dorrian Selley, SkillsCanada National competition winner and technician at St. Claude’s Auto Body has claimed a $750 scholarship, courtesy of the Sam Piercey Foundation. Selley was named national autobody champion at the SkillsCanada 2022 competition, post-secondary category. He first began his automotive career halfway through high school, when he was hired […]

Panel Perfection: BETAG celebrates first graduating group from Outer Panel Repair Specialist program at Sask Polytech

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — BETAG North America recently celebrated the first graduating class of its Outer Panel Repair Specialist (OPRS) program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where participants fine-tuned their ability to perform top-notch panel repairs. Supported by the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers, BETAG’s four-month OPRS program aims to equip participants with the skills to complete various […]

Leading-Edge Learning: CWB Group and Volkswagen Group Canada to open first OEM Collision Repair Training Centre in Canada

Milton, Ontario — The CWB Group has announced an exciting new collaboration alongside Volkswagen Group Canada–a dedicated OEM collision repair training centre to serve Audi and Volkswagen brands. The first-of-its-kind facility will be located at the CWB Group facility in Milton, Ontario. It will showcase an OEM training environment utilizing the latest equipment and developing […]

Repair Era: Polyvance to host free virtual training on plastic repair techniques

Rainsville, Alabama — As parts shortages rage on and growing length-of-rentals, Polyvance will be hosting a free virtual seminar on May 26 at 11 a.m. ET, to be focused on the ins and outs of plastic repair. The broadcast will cover topics like: Benefits of textured plastic repair The process of textured plastic repair A […]

Perfect Scores and More: Autobody students rock Skills Alberta Post-Secondary Provincials

Edmonton, Alberta ⁠— Post-secondary autobody repair students faced off last week at Skills Alberta’s Post-Secondary Provincial Skills Competition, where only one could be awarded the title of Alberta’s greatest young autobody repairer or automotive refinisher. The competition took place May 4 and 5, where contestants spent six hours each day demonstrating their skills at six […]

Open for Applications: Tropicana 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship accepting participants

Toronto, Ontario — Tropicana Community Centre is accepting participants for its 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 program, a program designed to deliver students with a basic understanding of autobody repair and arms them for apprenticeship on the production floor. Funded by the Government of Ontario, Tropicana’s tuition-free Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship program includes six weeks of […]

Top Trainer: Amir Farrokh appointed new chairman of Skills/Compétences Canada auto repair committee

Blainville, Quebec — Skills/Compétences Canada’s (SCC) National Technical Committee for Autobody Repair has appointed Amir Farrokh as the committee’s new chairman. A technical trainer at  Fix Network’s training centre in Blainville, Que., Farrokh will be tasked with developing a testing framework for identifying talented autobody students and apprentices in provincial skills competitions before they go […]