Chief University has released a 2013 schedule of courses that includes nearly 100 sessions covering the latest structural repair analysis and repair practices. More than 25,000 collision repair technicians and 15,000 estimators and appraisers have participated in the Chief University program, which acts as the training arm of Chief Automotive Technologies.
“Collision repair techniques are rapidly evolving to keep pace with advancements in automotive manufacturing,” says Ken Boylan, Chief training and specifications manager. “We introduced Chief University, and continue to refine its curriculum, to provide technicians with the most up-to-date resources available. For each program offered, our instructors lead intensive, hands-on lessons because practicing and performing in the classroom helps prepare you to handle complex real-world situations.”
One of Chief University’s flagship classes is Design Based Repair. This course features 16 hours of instruction about the efficient, economical, and proper repair of a vehicle to return it to original design specifications. The course concentrates on the use of new materials including high-strength steels, boron, aluminum, and carbon fibre in modern vehicle design. It also outlines the proper use of OEM information and repair procedures to effect thorough, correct, and safe repairs to the vehicle and its advanced safety systems.
Chief University classes are held in training centres throughout the United States and Canada. They combine classroom training with hands-on demonstrations and practice. All courses are led by professional Chief certified instructors, and most are approved for I-CAR points through the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance program. Chief training also has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for compliance with the Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) Standards.
Most Chief University classes cost $655 and include comprehensive training materials and certificates of completion. Structural Damage Analysis is a three-day course that costs $985.
Class offerings are updated frequently. For the most up-to-date schedule, course descriptions and to register, visit www.chiefautomotive.com/training/chiefuniversity.asp.