Sneak Peek: I-CAR Expands SEMA Education Program to Reflect Attendee Interests, New Technology


By Elizabeth Prosser, I-CAR

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has announced itsI-CAR participation at the highly anticipated SEMA Show, October 31-November 3 in Las Vegas. With a commitment to advancing collision repair knowledge and skills to car lovers and enthusiasts, I-CAR is set to deliver the following courses as part of SEMA's Education Program: 

  • MIG welding technology and applications.
  • Color theory applications for painting vehicles. 
  • Electric vehicle (EV) overview and considerations. 
  • Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) overview and considerations.  

As a not-for-profit organization and the industry's baseline and leader for technical educational programming, I-CAR recognizes the importance of staying at the forefront of vehicle advancements and providing professionals with learning opportunities to excel in their respective roles.

"Back by popular demand and exclusive to SEMA, I-CAR will be offering a MIG welding technology and applications training session focusing on basic to advanced techniques and ideal for classic car, hot-rod and vehicle builders/rebuilders and other technicians," said Bud Center, I-CAR director of technical products and curriculum. "Although not eligible for I-CAR credit, to encourage newer vehicle builders out there, I-CAR is making this popular MIG Welding session available for $75 (normally $150) and will include complimentary, hands-on welding practice at the SEMA Collision Repair Stage."

Key highlights of I-CAR's presence at SEMA 2023 will include: 

  1. Various Course Offerings: These courses focus on core and emerging vehicle technologies to support newer and seasoned technicians' desire to expand knowledge areas. 
  2. Industry Partnerships: I-CAR will highlight its strategic collaborations with leading industry partners, including OEMs, suppliers and service providers. These partnerships help to ensure I-CAR's programs are in pace with the latest industry trends and technologies, enabling professionals to survive and thrive in the "Technical Tsunami."
  3. Expert Presentations: I-CAR's subject-matter experts will deliver informative presentations and panel discussions, sharing their insights on critical industry topics, emerging trends, and the future of collision repair. Attendees will be able to engage with these experts and expand their knowledge through interactive Q&A sessions.  

"Our presence at SEMA provides an ideal platform to connect with industry stakeholders, share best practices, and drive innovation in the collision repair industry," said John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO and president.

Online registration for I-CAR courses is now open online here and also on-site through Thursday, November 2, outside I-CAR Upper South Hall Classrooms S224 and S225. For more information about I-CAR and its participation at SEMA 2023, visit