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Education goes a long way for automotive technicians

As vehicles are constantly evolving, it is a priority for professional service center employees to keep up with the changing times. New automotive technologies can be a challenge for technicians, especially without training. 

Whether it's providing ways for employees to become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, encouraging automotive programs at high schools or contributing to education systems, professional service centers stand to gain from advanced learning. 

ASE certification is a way to increase the expertise of technicians, and automotive service centers are likely to see improvements as a result. As a skilled labor force is hard to come by in the automotive aftermarket, other options to bolster the incoming workforce would be to partner with local high schools to offer automotive training courses, as well as encourage other education within the industry.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation recently commended industry members for contributing to the SkillsUSA competition. Barry Roopnarine, a collision instructor who had a student win a gold medal in the competition, said it is the mission of the school to produce well-equipped individuals for the automotive workforce.

"In order to meet or accomplish this, we need to align with industry partners such as the Collision Repair Education Foundation," Roopnarine said. "The donations we receive from the industry allow us to keep up-to-date with the latest standards and technology. Tools, equipment and supplies can be costly, so any donations are a plus in helping us keep classroom costs down while allowing instructors to provide the students with the latest skills needed to be college and career ready, thus making it a smooth transition when entering the industry."

It is in professional service centers' best interest to encourage their technicians and could-be technicians to receive as much training and education as possible, to ensure, whether it's autonomous or even flying cars in the future, that an employee will be able to offer services and repairs.