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Professional Development: CPCPA standardized EV Skills program expanding to Ontario and B.C. by 2023

Montreal, Quebec — NAPA Canada and the CPCPA have joined forces, expanding the province’s standardized electric and hybrid maintenance and repair program beyond Quebec’s borders.

The CPCPA, also known as the Conseil provincial des comités paritaires de l’industrie des services automobiles, is Quebec’s provincial organization responsible for provincial qualification and training standards in the automotive service industry.

The CPCPA’s EV Skills program will become available to repairers outside of Quebec through NAPA’s NexDrive certification program, creating more locations for repairers to develop their knowledge on newer vehicles.

According to a CPCPA press release, NexDrive provides NAPA AUTOPRO and NAPA AutoCare member shops with the training and equipment they need to provide maintenance and repair services for next-generation vehicles.

To date, close to 400 auto mechanics have completed the program in Quebec. Level 1 training has already begun in Ontario, and Level 1 and 2 training begins in British Columbia in early 2023.

“Technician training is one of the key challenges posed by the electrification of transportation, as electric vehicle owners want a reliable network of service locations to meet their maintenance and repair needs,” said John O’Dowd, v-p of marketing at NAPA Canada.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to partner with the CPCPA to deliver a leading training program across Canada in both official languages.”

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