Mazda's approved accident repairers network has been awarded for its panel welding, joining and repair training course.
The Quality Assured Award (QAA), independently verified by the Institute of Motors Industry (IMI) Awards, follows a practical training programme including panel welding, joining and repair training which the Mazda Academy Training offers to all Mazda approved accident repairers. IMI awards formally recognise training programmes throughout the retail motor industry.
Since the Mazda academy Training course was launch in March 2011, over 90 bodyshop technicians have attended. The Academy plans to accredit every approved bodyshop within the next six months.
In total, Mazda has 156 Approved Accident Repair Centres, with 73 having completed the course with over 50 going on to gain additional QAA accreditation.
All those who attended the course are required to have two years or more experience in vehicle body accident repair to include welding tasks. The course trains and assesses ability in joining techniques, welder set up, basic panel repair and adjustments to bolt on panels to a Mazda level of competence. Practical and theory work is covered by the course.
"The award means that customers know they are receiving the highest standard of quality from Mazda’s approved accident repair network," said David Wilson-Green, Aftersales Director.
"The training also helps to improve the relationship between service managers and aftersales departments at Mazda's dealers and the approved accident repair centre and that means that Mazda’s customers are the ultimate beneficiaries," he said.
After completing the course, successful Mazda Panel Technicians can claim further certification from IMI Awards. This QAA qualification is recognised by the British Standards Institute (BSi) and proves continuous personal development for the technician in keeping up to date with correct industry repair methods. The QAA qualification also counts towards IMI membership.
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