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Auto Courses

With an average loss of over $4,000, and over 250 million automobiles in the United States, these courses for estimators and examiners are always in demand. We offer courses for new and experienced hires.

 

Our auto courses

Our auto classroom courses give you hands on experience of various software programs in our auto repair labs. So when you return to new careers or progressions, you’ll hit the ground running.

Our facility has an inventory of damaged late-model cars for student practice in estimating – as well as electronic frame measurement and alignment systems for demonstrations. Cutaways and numerous visual aids prepare you for real world situations.

Learn more about our auto courses below. 

For more information contact us at 1-800-233-7095 or email: registrations@vale-ts.com

 

A snapshot of our auto training courses
  • Auto Estimatics

    Designed for entry-level auto damage estimators and appraisers with no prior auto experience. You will learn to prepare thorough accurate collision damage estimates using their choice of Audatex™, Pathways™ or Ultramate™ estimating programs.

    Course covers:
    -Vehicle construction and nomenclature
    -Collision damage analysis from minor to severe
    -Repair and replacement options as well as hail/PDR estimating

    The industry-leading STAR™ structural damage analysis program provides for the analysis, determination of charges and documentation of structural/frame damages. Hands-on estimates of late model vehicles with varied levels of damage are practiced, reviewed and graded to ensure proficiency.

    Duration: 2 weeks

  • Auto Estimatics – Accelerated Program

    Designed for early career auto damage estimators and appraisers with a basic understanding of automotive parts (hood, fender, bumper, etc.). The one week program begins with a student survey to define current knowledge, followed by a 5-7 hour assignment of training including two online courses, several videos and a document for review. Upon completion of these activities, students will be contacted by a trainer to discuss preparation for this accelerated program.

    You will learn to prepare thorough accurate collision damage estimates using your choice of Audatex™, CCC Pathways™ or Mitchel Ultramate ™ estimating programs.

    Course covers:
    -Vehicle construction and nomenclature
    -Collision damage analysis
    -Repair and replacement options as well as hail/PDR estimating
    -Hands-on estimates of late model vehicles with varied levels of damage are practiced, reviewed and graded to ensure proficiency

    Duration: 1 week

  • Auto Examiner

    Designed for examiners charged with “desk” or on-site review of auto damage estimates and those who generate estimates on light to moderate outer body damage. No previous auto experience is necessary.

    You will learn to properly identify the vehicle and its components, identify and evaluate damages, make repair vs. replace decisions and review pre-written estimates. Students perform “hands-on” estimating utilizing Audatex™, CCC Pathways™ or Mitchell Ultramate™ estimating systems. Please see our Auto Estimatics program if you are charged with writing estimates to include structural and mechanical damages.

    Duration: 1 week

  • Tractor-Trailer Estimating

    Designed for the experienced auto estimator. You will learn semi-tractor nomenclature, running gear and build identification. Damage assessment and repair vs. replace options for cabs, frames, suspensions, fifth wheels, trailers and related components are demonstrated and included in hands-on estimate practice. Estimating systems and related informational resources are discussed and demonstrated. Pre-course materials are assigned for student preparation.

    Duration: 1 week

  • PDR Technician Certification

    Developed by request of PDR industry professionals, this certification is a timed evaluation of actual Paintless Dent Repair on steel and aluminum panels using a state-of-the-art, digital-optic surface measurement device. This test is totally unique to the industry as a purely objective, hands-on demonstration of skill. Timed repairs must pass a very high standard to qualify the technician for certification. Upon successful completion, you are listed on our database to verify your proven abilities. The Vale PDR Certification is also unique as it is endorsed by the National Association of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians – and has earned a lifetime achievement award from the international news magazine, Mobile Tech News™.

    Certification testing is available during the course dates listed, or by appointment. Please contact Vale Training Solutions to schedule your appointment, 1-800-860-2230.

    Duration: 1 day

  • Introduction to Collision Repair

    This course is offered for the student with limited experience who aspires to have a career in Auto Collision Repair Technology. After successfully completing this course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to become a body technician helper including performing outer body panel replacement and repairs and adjustments. The student will be able to analyze damage pertaining to auto collisions and determine direct and indirect damage for structural repair. Students will also be knowledgeable in basic and industry specific safety procedures.

    Location: Mississauga, Ontario

    Duration: 9 weeks

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