ACP comprises a group of ten members, including the MVRA and Muradi, all of whom are trained on the Kitemark scheme and meet specific criteria set out by the BSI.
The programme offers a previously unavailable consultancy service for bodyshops aiming to achieve the standard.
Scott Hanney, BSI sales manager, said: “BSI cannot be teacher and marker and so the associate consultant programme is designed to help bodyshops meet the BSI Kitemark standard.
The launch of ACP is expected to accelerate the conversion rate for bodyshops wishing to become licensees.”
On submitting an application, bodyshops will have their details forwarded to three or more ACP members, who will then contact the applicant to offer advice and services and ensure they are on course to achieve the standard.