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BMW incorporates ATA in training

BMW’s training and assessment is now using Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) as part of its programme.

It is the first manufacturer to offer vehicle body repair ATA assessments to its approved bodyshop network, hence embracing ATA into its own approved bodyshop standards.

Mark Crandon, BMW technical training manager, said: "The initial response to the programme has been excellent with 123 BMW technicians having already successfully gained their ATA and we are already taking requests to offer the senior level qualification - something which we are hoping to pilot during 2008. <> “From a wider perspective, we are delighted with the new programme, which has been in place since February, and is enabling our repair network to meet the PAS 125 standards set out in the new Vehicle Body Repair Kitemark, while reducing overall assessment costs for separate discipline certification."

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