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Collision Training Expo 2024 builds on success for hands-on training

In just its second year, CTE increased shop attendance by 20 percent and already has next event scheduled on tap

Lakewood, Wash.—After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Northwest Auto Care Association (NWACA)’s Collision Training Expo continued its trajectory and increased attendance by 20 percent and added an additional day of training.

“Going into the expo I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it was only the second annual expo so was unsure of the value it would bring,” said Donnie Martin, of Industrial Finishes. “I was blown away with the strength of the content — I would recommend attending to any body shop in the area. Moving forward, I know word will spread on how much shops can gain from attending. From the front office to the back of the shop there were valuable classes available for any role in the shop.”

The event took place at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash. In addition to training, there was also a shop owners/managers roundtable and a vendor exhibit that provided and opportunity to preview/purchase the latest tools, equipment, technologies and supplies.

The classes offered this year included EV training by I-CAR, a hands-on Collision Alignments by Hunter Enginering, hands-on ADAS calibration by Elitek, Collision estimating by CCC, hands-on resistance spot welding by Wesco, HR training by DEHR Consulting, financial class by ATI, dent repair and invoicing class by Industrial Finishes, Washington state ARA laws by Harber Appraisal, and a spray efficiency class by PPRC. 

Vendors included Federated Insurance, Industrial Finishes, Hunter Engineering, Moose Radiator, Saturn-Barter, CCC, and I-CAR.

Next year’s CTE scheduled for May 2-3. NWACA will be announcing the schedule in the coming months. 

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