SCRS Education Sessions Featured on Collision Stage at SEMA Show 


Prosser, Washington, October 11, 2013 -For collision repair businesses and refinish specialists, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has put together an unparalleled lineup of educational offerings that focus on trends, issues and technologies that impact professionals performing paint and body work on today's vehicles. While the bulk of sessions offered through the 2013 Repairer Driven Education series are paid sessions held in the classrooms in the upper level of North Hall, SCRS has included a number of unique educational opportunities to be offered free of charge from the Collision Repair & Refinish stage on the show floor of the North Hall each morning of the show. 


Free sessions include:


Tuesday, November 5 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

RDE FREE Session: Accessing OEM Repair Information

Toby Chess, SCRS


If you write estimates for a living, or run a business that requires you to know how to fix a vehicle properly, you won't believe the amount of information that is available to you if you know where to look. Learn how to take advantage of existing resources to find the information you need when working on vehicles from Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford and more. The collision repair industry recognizes the OEM repair procedures as the standard of repair; know where to go to get the information you need to fix it right.


Wednesday, November 6 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

RDE FREE Session: Dispelling Collision Repair Technical Myths

Mark Algie, Shawn Collins and Dennis Keicher, 3M


If you like the television show MythBusters you're not going to want to miss this session! Breakout the lab coats and safety goggles as you participate in a fun-filled exploration of proving (and dis-proving) common misconceptions surrounding repair methods used in the collision repair industry. Topics will include processes such as applying corrosion protection, body filler, panel bonding, and others. Get ready to find out if what you've been told is "plausible", or "busted!"


Thursday, November 7 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

RDE FREE Session: How Did They Do That?! Secrets of the Refinish Masters

Dr. Jane Valenta, Dr. Gareth Hughes and Jeff Matauch, PPG Refinish, joined by Charley Hutton of Charley Hutton's Color Studio


As you walk the SEMA Show looking at the custom builds, or while spray vehicles in your repair facility, have you ever wondered what was in the paint and how they developed the precise colors with so much depth and special effects? Learn how paint manufacturers use binders, resins, pigments and solvent to create car finishes that astound you. This is your opportunity to learn from coatings experts on the science behind the products, and from well renowned master applicators on how they turn that science into art.


Friday, November 8 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

RDE FREE Session: Equipping Yourself for Industry Certifications

El Huntington, CAR-O-LINER


Collision repair certification programs have become increasingly more popular as a way for collision repair businesses to differentiate themselves within the market, especially as the proper repair processes become more complex. This session will provide an overview of some of the different certifications programs currently available to the market, with a specific focus on the types of equipment your repair facility would need to consider to perform certain operations defined within the programs.


"I think the programming SCRS has put together, both in the classrooms and on the stage, touches on virtually every topic that is of importance to professionals that are performing work on today's fleet of vehicles," stated SCRS Past Chairman Barry Dorn. "In my opinion, the stage has become a great resource to the industry. In the mornings attendees can catch the SCRS sessions, and then in the afternoons there is an abundance of additional professional development training and technical presentations with I-CAR's sessions as well."


The free sessions offered by SCRS on the SEMA Show Collision Repair & Refinish stage are made possible with funding and support provided by PPG Automotive Refinish, GM Genuine Parts, BASF Refinish, Ford Motor Company and SEMA.


For a complete listing of RDE sessions, visit to register today. Registrations for SCRS RDE programs will be available onsite at the Show, but space may be limited for some sessions. Please be aware that early bird registration discount pricing extends through Thursday, October 17th, so act now for the best rates!


For more information on I-CAR at SEMA, visit the I-CAR website: Live I-CAR demonstrations will take place throughout the week at the Collision Repair & Refinish Stage, including an exciting demo on a BMW i3 body/chassis. All show attendees are invited to stop by the Collision Repair & Refinish Stage to test their blueprinting knowledge during an interactive blueprinting contest.


 About SCRS' RDE Series: REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series features seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2013 SEMA Show. The series will be offered either as individual sessions, or as a package, and registrants will have the option to attend seven regular session seminars which will be delivered between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day of the show. Each of the courses has been individually selected by, or crafted for, SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to collision repair professionals and appeals to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. Register at


About SCRS: Through its direct members and 40 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of over 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is avail-able at the SCRS Web site: You can e-mail SCRS at the following address:

SCRS Admin Office


877.851.0660 Fax



Aaron Schulenburg

Executive Director | Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)



877.435.6028 Fax



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