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SCRS Adds Free Education Sessions to SEMA Lineup

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Oct. 11, 2013—The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has added four free sessions to be held in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center each morning of the SEMA Show, set for Nov. 5–8.

The majority of the education sessions offered by SCRS are paid sessions that take place in a classroom, but one free session will be offered every morning of the show from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Nov. 5 session, “Accessing OEM Repair Information,” will led by Toby Chess and focuses on the many existing resources for estimators and other automotive professionals looking for information on OEM repair procedures.

Mark Algie, Shawn Collins and Dennis Keicher of 3M will lead the second session on Nov. 6, “Dispelling Collision Repair Technical Myths.” The presenters will tackle common myths of the collision repair industry by doing experiments on stage. Topics will include processes such as applying corrosion protection, body filler, panel bonding and more.

Charley Hutton of Charley Hutton’s Color Studio will join three PPG Refinish employees on stage for the Nov. 7 session titled “How Did They Do That?! Secrets of the Refinish Masters.” This session will discuss the science behind unique paint products and discuss how master applicators have turned the science into art.

The final session on Nov. 8, “Equipping Yourself for Industry Certification,” will discuss the many certification programs available with specific focus on the types of equipment your repair facility would need to consider to perform certain operations defined within the program. The session is led by El Huntington of CAR-O-LINER.

"I think the programming SCRS has put together, both in the classrooms and on the stage, touches on virtually every topic that is of importance to professionals that are performing work on today's fleet of vehicles," said SCRS past chairman Barry Dorn. "In my opinion, the stage has become a great resource to the industry. In the mornings, attendees can catch the SCRS sessions, and then in the afternoons there is an abundance of additional professional development opportunities with I-CAR's sessions as well."

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