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Automotive service certifications can give facilities an advantage

Vehicle technology is rapidly advancing, and automotive service professionals need to continue their training to be able to help drivers maintain new cars and trucks. As the economy improves, many consumers are purchasing new automobiles, an investment they may have delayed for several years. Many new vehicles have more high-tech components, and this increases the training needs for technicians.

Several major auto manufacturers have committed to the creation of autonomous vehicles within the next decade. While these changes may seem threatening to automotive service centers, new technology will not develop overnight, according to an article in Fender Bender, a collision repair resource. In fact, developments in repair technology have enabled many drivers to safely keep their vehicles on the road for longer. Professional service facilities need to ensure they stay current on all certifications and employee training to continue to deliver high-quality service to customers.

However, automotive technicians could run into problems if new vehicle technology is evolving faster than they can attend training programs. It can be difficult for service professionals to take time away from work to receive training, but staying up to date on new developments in the industry is critical to the future success of automotive repair facilities. Automotive service centers that do not have the necessary certifications may not see as much business in the future.

Technician certifications could provide competitive advantages
While professional service centers that maintain high status, such as I-CAR Gold Class, can gain advantages, having a number of certified technicians on staff can establish the facility as an industry leader, the source said. One of the most important qualifications for individual automotive service professionals is welder certification.

This is currently one of the most significant gaps in the automotive labor market. However, certified welders can demonstrate to drivers that employees in the service center have the necessary skills to handle aluminum, steel and unibody welds. Since alternative materials, such as carbon fiber, are growing in popularity among automakers, professional service centers can gain a competitive advantage by employing technicians who can repair these components. 

Professional service centers need to be aware of new trends in the market to stay current on the tools they need to maintain cars and trucks. Although automotive repair facility owners have several years to prepare, it is important that technicians receive training as often as possible to quickly accommodate new vehicle technology.