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CCIAP Breaks the 300 Shop Mark

2017 is off to a roaring start for the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). Since its launch in October 2016, over 300 collision repair facilities from coast to coast have registered with CCIAP.  As of January 1st, over 20 of those registered have scheduled their accreditation audit for the coming months. Program administrators hope to see these shops join the ranks of accredited shops alongside the first accredited shop, Fix Auto North Bay, which received its accreditation in December 2016.

Andrew Shepherd, Senior Director of Industry Programs for AIA notes that, “Collision repairers are being asked more frequently to verify that they have the equipment, the processes and the training to handle modern complex vehicles. We’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback from shops that CCIAP, a not-for-profit program built by the industry and for the industry, is the preferred accreditation option. We expect the majority of advanced repair businesses in Canada to be registered in the coming months.”

In late December, Economical Insurance became the first public insurance corporation to declare that its repair partners would be required to be accredited through CCIAP. This followed announcements by CARSTAR, Fix Auto, CSN Auto and Assured Automotive that they were behind CCIAP as a national, not-for-profit accreditation program. Program administrators also reached an agreement with the Automotive Retailers Association of British Columbia (ARA) under which the British Columbia program and the national program will be synchronized to avoid increased costs for repairers and duplication of efforts.

About CCIAP

The essential function of the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP) is to accredit collision repair facilities against a collection of standards which are contributed by participating OEs and/or other stakeholders. CCIAP is run by and for the Canadian collision repair industry. The program is managed by AIA Canada, a national not-for-profit association which reaches the entire industry. Visit www.cciap.ca for more information.

About AIA Canada

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada is the national trade association that brings together the entire automotive aftermarket supply and service chain. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry. To learn more, please visit www.aiacanada.com, follow @AIAofCanada, or like facebook.com/AIAofCanada.

For more information:

Andrew Shepherd
Senior Director Industry Programs
AIA Canada
andrew.shepherd@aiacanada.com
1-800-808-2920 ext. 229