The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) has created an alliance with ProMech Learning Systems, Service Professionals Incorporated (SPI), and WheelTime University to provide training for technicians in the heavy-duty truck repair market.
In developing the alliance, CVSN says, “The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and CVSN has created challenges for independent repair technicians. As trucks become more integrated with computers, specific training will be necessary for today’s and tomorrow’s technicians. While dealer personnel receive this training from the OEMs, the independent channel needed to create its own training sources.”
Each training company offers different options for training, CVSN says. Training is offered on site, regional and through the internet. In addition, the training is modular so it covers all aspects of training from beginning courses, ASE certification, and more sophisticated training including engine repair and computer diagnosis and ECM reset. Technicians can choose the level of training they require, CVSN says.
As an association dedicated to finding commercial vehicle solutions, CVSN says it created these options with the intent of making this training available to everyone in the heavy-duty aftermarket. CVSN has worked with the training providers to keep the costs down, and CVSN members will receive an additional discount.
Access to all of the training courses provided through the alliance can be found at www.cvsn.org.
George Arrants, program director for WheelTime University (WTU) says, “WheelTime University’s award winning, online and instructor-led training program was developed to give shop managers everything they need to assess key skills, target training to specific needs, and track the progress of every technician. Partnering with CVSN has allowed us to reach a broader audience and work together to grow technicians and the industry.”
“Pro-MECH applauds CVSN’s efforts to drive the right-to-repair (RTR) initiative and is developing training programs that incorporate the information that the aftermarket now has access and is in a unique position to provide training options for the heavy-duty technician at all levels,” adds Michael Compisi, vice president of Operations for Pro-Mech Learning Systems.
Jack Schickler, president of SPI, adds, “This announcement by CVSN shows that they are taking a comprehensive approach to meeting a critical need for vehicle service support in the transportation industry. It goes beyond education alone and recognizes that SYSTEMS are the answers we all need. They are providing the pathway to those answers.”
CVSN is equally excited about the alliance.
“Even with improved scan tools and licenses from the OEM’s for reset codes, lack of training can lead to improper repairs,” says Marc Karon, CVSN Chairman of the Right to Repair Coalition. “CVSN thanks these three world class companies for stepping up and filling this void in the independent service channel.”