Certification in the auto body repair industry is voluntary. Enabling collision repair shops like Tachoir Auto Body to demonstrate that independent body shops will perform expert repairs that meet or exceed factory procedures. Third-party organizations like I-CAR and ASE evaluate and certify the capability of their facility. Demonstrating the body repair procedures and technician training will ultimately provide you the customer peace of mind that your repairs are done safely and correctly.
I-CAR Gold Class Certified
Achieving Gold Class recognition is the highest level of certification of training achievement recognized by the collision repair industry. It’s estimated that only about 20% of repair shops currently meet the rigorous Gold Class standard.
Here at Tachoir Auto Body, we recognize the need to outfit our technicians and estimators with world class training. Our customers value this high-level business practice that assures them that their Collision repairs will be done with the best procedures and parts available today.
To earn the Gold Class recognition, our body mechanics and office staff must achieve and maintain a high level of role-relevant training across each of the major collision repairs. And then be able to maintain that level by demonstrating that our training and experience meet the ever-changing auto body repair needs like lightweight aluminum and plastic panels, advanced electronic safety guidance control and evolving paint systems.
ASE Blue Seal Certification
Finding a good auto body repair facility is your main objective, especially when the unexpected happens like a fender bender. One of the most important things to remember is to look for ASE Certification of your body shop.
What is ASE?
ASE is short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972 their independent non-profit organization has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.
ASE certified autobody mechanics and other service professionals like estimators can be identified in several ways. The most obvious is to look for the ASE sign on the facility or company website. Tachoir Auto Body understands how important certification is to our customers, and that’s why we support this voluntary certification program.
Car owners regard ASE certification as the standard measure of competency and a guide to quality auto body repairs. And since all our technicians have passed the stringent testing required to be in this elite class, our body shop has been awarded the prestigious status of the ASE Blue Seal.
The Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition program’s emphasis is to identify establishments with a large percentage of ASE-certified professionals. It is a recognition program for collision centers like ours that are striving to be the best, and willing to prove their commitment.
The Blue Seal is only given to facilities that demonstrate a very high level of commitment to training and credentials for their staff. Our qualifications make Tachoir the top choice in the South Hills of Pittsburgh when you demand a professional and expert service technician servicing your family’s vehicles.
Why Does ASE Exist?
ASE exists to protect the automotive service consumer and shop owner. They test and certify automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technicians level of expertise before contracting the technician’s services. ASE Certification testing means peace of mind for our customers, knowing all of their body repairs will be done professionally and with the strictest safety measures available.
How Does ASE Certification Work?
In addition to passing ASE Certification tests, our body technicians must have at least two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification.
These tests are challenging! Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt, showing why this voluntary program is so important. Not every collision mechanic working at those mega dealerships can pass these difficult tests, but ours can. To remain ASE certified, our professionals must retest every five years to keep up with ever-advancing automotive technology.