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News   December 22, 2010   by Auto Service World

Quebec Training Program Gains National Accreditation


The diesel technician training program at Centre de Formation de Mechanique en Vehicule Lourd in St-Romuald, Que., has received national accreditation from the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council National Accreditation Board.
This accreditation marks a precedent for Quebec automotive repair and service training in several ways. The product specific program that teaches students to service and repair heavy duty trucks like the common Volvos, Macks and similar trucks, is the first of its kind for Quebec. The idea for the program initiated with an identified industry need for technicians qualified to work on specific models of trucks. Armed with a provincial grant, the college and its partners went about setting up an advanced eight month program. Beyond helping to shape the curriculum, industry partners donated product for the students to work on.
The program is regarded so highly that graduates are guaranteed positions at Mack and Volvo Truck dealerships and other employers with heavy duty truck fleets.
The first group of 12 students to have taken the newly accredited Mcanique de moteurs diesels et de contrôles électroniques program graduated in May 2010 and have found positions. Another 14 students, currently enrolled In the seven month program, graduated December 20th.
Entrance requirements for the program which started in September, requires candidates to have completed basic two year programs in diesel engines or truck repair and score 80% or more in an entrance exam.
John Montgomery, a member of the CARS Council National Acrreditation Board (CNAB) was on hand to present the accreditation certificate to college director André Paradis. Montgomery, who as a member of the CNAB promotes standards of excellence, was highly complementary of the new program and the college . “When the CNAB does an accreditation inspection, we typically find five or six items that need to be looked at and improved. With this specific college, there was nothing really to find fault with. They really did extremely well, outstanding really!”
CNAB program manager Murray Russell believes the high level of student engagement at St. Romuald plays a prominent role in program and student success. Not only does the college commit itself to delivering training to meet the highest standards, it also challenges its students to excel. At the beginning of the program college director André Paradis has those students who would benefit from extra performance parameters sign a contract, in which they commit to attaining certain behaviour and performance milestones. Being held accountable in this way helps students stay focused and achieve their goals.
Facing a tight labour market for the foreseeable future, the motive power repair and service industry wants to hire the best graduates from educational institutions that offer a rich learning environment and deliver high quality programs that meet top industry standards.
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