I-CAR Australia and AMA Group have announced that Micra Accident Repair Centre in Breadalbane, Tasmania has been awarded I-CAR Gold Class Collision status.
As the collision repairer industry continues to change rapidly, especially with the technological advance in ADAS and electric vehicles, AMA Group says it believes it critical that its team is fully trained in using new technology and equipment. The two organisations said the seamless learning experience and upskilling regimes provided by I-CAR Australia’s Road to Gold programme is a great solution to further the work-in-progress learning culture in the business, as well as complement existing associations with OEM partners.
“It was rewarding that Micra Accident Repair Centre Breadalbane is the first AMA Group site in Tasmania to gain the Gold Class status, which also lifts the morale of the facility,” said John Davidson, Area Manager Tasmania and South Australia at AMA Group. “Our face-to-face training was disrupted by COVID-19, but luckily the ability to access online and virtual classroom courses kept us ticking along with I-CAR’s recommended role-relevant training plan. The online delivery options allowed the techs and estimators to complete some of the training at their own pace and convenience.
“Now that I-CAR’s welding certification and other hands-on development courses are back in motion, our techs took part and they were well received by all who have attended. It gives the techs the ability to mix with other techs from other facilities as well as the trainers.”
Gary Wood, I-CAR Australia Senior Technical Advisor, said: “It was a pleasure working with Scott Donnelly (National Manager-Prestige, OEM & Technical at AMA Group) and the Micra Accident Repair Centre Breadalbane team to support their Road to Gold programme training progress.
“The team took advantage of our technology, ADAS, EV, Car-O-Liner and estimator online course packages to advance their knowledge. It was also great for the site as a BMW Accredited Bodyshop, Tesla Approved Collision Centre as well as a BASF patron to make use of our Industry Training Alliance partnerships and train in I-CAR-accredited ITA courses to gain points towards their Gold Class accreditation.”