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I-CAR, Assured Performance Network collaborate on Road to Gold program

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Feb. 15, 2012—I-CAR on Tuesday announced it is collaborating with the Assured Performance Network (APN) in the development of a Road to Gold program, a planned approach to achieve the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation for APN’s network of more than 3,000 collision repair shops.

I-CAR said organizations that enroll in the Road to Gold program commit to earning the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals business designation, which is a requirement for earning certification with APN. Scott Biggs, CEO of APN, said the Road to Gold program will provide APN member shops with a clear plan to achieve and maintain their Gold Class Professionals designation.

“For our Assured Performance Certification, the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation is essential to ensuring the shop has the training that is in accordance with industry repair standards,” Biggs said.

The Gold Class Professionals designation is the highest training recognition available to businesses in the collision repair industry. Other businesses that have been recognized with the Gold Class Professionals designation have reported less rework, retained customer satisfaction and improved operational efficiencies, according to I-CAR.

“I-CAR commends Assured Performance Network for its commitment to training,” said Jeff Peevy, senior director of field operations and segment development for I-CAR. “The inherit value delivered through the I-CAR Professional Development Program and the Gold Class designation will provide Assured Performance Network member shops with the training needed to perform safe repairs and retain vehicle integrity post-repair.”

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