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Tuesday February 26

Audatex Receives I-CAR, ASE, and AMI Training Designations

Solera Holdings, Inc., a global provider of claims solutions, has been designated an approved member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance(SM) program. The program, along with Solera's other industry training accreditations, will be administered by its North American subsidiary, Audatex - making Audatex the first claims solutions provider to receive this designation.

Students who take the Audatex Estimating(TM) Instructor-led training class can now earn I-CAR points valid towards I-CAR Gold Class Professionals(R) and Platinum Individual(TM) requirements - benchmarks for technical training within the automotive industry. The two-day Audatex Estimating course is worth 3.75 points and the one-day course is worth 2.0 points.

"I-CAR is proud of the training relationship forged with Audatex now that it is a member of the I-CAR Training Alliance," said Joyce Kasmer, I-CAR Director of Marketing. "I-CAR strives to bring the industry together to achieve complete and safe repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. Training relationships like this help to meet this goal."

In addition to its new I-CAR designation, Audatex was approved by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for its in-service automotive training curriculum. Being ASE-certified, Audatex is now the first claims solutions provider to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for virtual classes, including computer-based training courses and Webinars. This, combined with its recent accreditation by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), enables Audatex to administer CEUs for specified courses in every type of class format - Instructor-led, Computer-based, Webinars and virtual training. These CEUs are accepted by many colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada and, in some states, can be used to meet collision repair certification and licensing requirements.

"We are pleased to be a member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance program," said Rick Tuuri, Vice President of Industry Relations for Audatex and past chairman of the I-CAR International Board of Directors. "We also look forward to providing students with CEUs for all types of approved Audatex curriculum. We believe that these training offerings will significantly benefit our customers by improving their knowledge-base while reducing the cost, and increasing the value, of training."

Audatex also received approval from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) to offer students credits toward AMI's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, a continuing education program that helps collision repairers improve their business management skills.

"As an Audatex client and an I-CAR supporter, True2Form is excited about the Company's I-CAR and AMI designations, as well as Audatex's ability to offer Continuing Education Units for specified courses," said Clark Plucinski, Executive Vice President for True2Form Collision Repair Centers and past Chairman of the I-CAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees. "We can now offer our technicians the opportunity to take Audatex training, earn I-CAR points, qualify for CEUs and get recognition from AMI at the same time."

Solera Holdings, Inc. is active in over 50 countries across six continents. Solera's global automotive claims brand Audatex is available in more than 45 countries.

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