Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- December 16, 2014 -- I-CAR has announced the launch of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) course.
The live, instructor-led program is worth three credit hours and is designed to enhance a collision repair professionalâ€™s understanding of how to safely approach all types of alternative fuel vehicles. It also works educate technicians on risks associated with working around such vehicles as well as the importance of risk-avoidance.
In addition to the new course, online options for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) are also available as two separate modules. The damage analysis course (ALT04e) is offered as a one hour class, while the safety portion (ALT05e) runs for two credit hours.
â€œEach vehicle will require specific knowledge about the different risk avoidance elements engineered into these vehicles from a propulsion system perspective," says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development. "This makes building knowledge on the different alternative fuel vehicle types extremely important.
â€œThis course serves as a solution to building a knowledge base on hybrid, electric and advanced fossil fuel powertrain systems such as propane, CNG and Diesel.â€
Designed to be highly interactive, the newly introduced courses provide repair professionals with knowledge that can be applied at their businesses once electric or alternative fuel vehicles arrive. The courses dive into how to safely approach these vehicles after a collision, detailing descriptions of the common parts found on electric vehicles and other types of alternative fuel vehicles.
The courses meet training requirements in ProLevel 1 for Estimators, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Electrical/Mechanical Technicians in I-CARâ€™s Professional Development Program (PDP). All versions of the courses have replaced Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01/e) and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (ALT02/e). Either the live course or both online courses must be completed in order to receive credit.
I-CAR is also debuting the new â€œHybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Searchâ€ on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. Through the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search, professionals can easily find information on how to identify where parts for hybrid or electric systems are located, how to disable the system before beginning repairs, welding best practices and refinish precautions. This information can be found by manufacturer, model or year.
To register for any of the three courses, please visit I-CAR.ca or call customer care at 1-800-422-7872.
I-CAR's RTS Portal can be found online at I-CAR.com/rts.