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Certification: Not Just a Fad

Original article and all content provided from, September 26, 2017 Certification: Not Just a Fad According to vehicle manufacturer records, in 2012 there were fewer than 350 body shops claiming OEM certifications in North America. Now, there are 10 times that many OEM-certified collision repair providers. In less than five years since mass-market OEM body shop certification was launched, more than 3,500 collision repair providers are now carrying the official certification of one or more auto manufacturers. More astounding is the fact that these OEM-certified repairers now account for over one-third of all of the collision repair work revenue performed in the country. OEM certification is no longer viewed in the industry as an elitist pay-to-play program or as a perk for just a select few shops that have a special arrangement with their…