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The state of the art ChipsAway Training Centre has been successfully assessed against the IMI Accreditation for approved centre and training standards, yet again!
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  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established25 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff25
  • Personal Investment Req.£15,000
  • Total Startup Cost£29,995
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
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ChipsAway IMI Accreditation

30th July 2019

ChipsAway IMI Accreditation

ChipsAway has received accreditation from the leading organisation for automotive learning and development, IMI, for its professional training processes, assessments and facilities. The ChipsAway training course is an IMI approved Quality Assured Programme [QAP] leading to a Quality Assured Award at the end [QAA].

Every new ChipsAway car repair specialist is required to complete 4 weeks of intensive technical training at the ChipsAway Training Centre in the West Midlands. The specialists are assessed after they have completed the 4 weeks of technical training, and can achieve accreditation by demonstrating their knowledge and skill as a car repair specialist.

The ChipsAway Training Centre in the West Midlands, has been accredited as an IMI approved centre since 2012, going from strength to strength in recent years.

ChipsAway have a team of experienced technical trainers who work hard to support the new specialists in their 4-week training journey. Simon Kings, Technical Director who oversees the training programme, has 19 years’ experience in bodyshop full accident repairs. Simon joined ChipsAway in 2007 as a trainer and qualified as a Senior IMI Approved Technician in 2013. 

Senior Trainer and Assessor, Rob, also has 19 years’ experience in bodyshop repairs and joined ChipsAway in 2012, Rob qualified as a Senior IMI Technician in cosmetic repair 2 years ago. The IMI Cosmetic Accreditation covers panels, paint, VDA, aluminium PDR and plastic repairs.

Technician Paul joined ChipsAway last year after 5 years of running his own franchise, currently on the ‘Train the Trainer’ course, Paul is hoping to receive his IMI Trainer Accreditation later this year.

Simon Kings, Technical Director:We are extremely proud of our IMI Accredited Training Course and Centre, we have been assessed as excellent on our last 4 annual inspections with top marks on training delivery and administration records kept.”

Tim Harris, Managing Director commented:ChipsAway is committed to providing outstanding, professional and safe training for all new repair specialists. The IMI Accreditation plays a key part in supporting our franchise network, with the reassurance they are dealing with a professional organisation. We look forward to continuing our work with IMI as an Accredited Training Centre.”

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What Our Franchisees Say

I could see the flexibility of ChipsAway’s business model would work for me. Working for myself as a franchisee is a world away from my life before.Neil Dobson, franchisee since 2013

I’m absolutely thrilled with the way my business is going. I wanted something flexible, that was not massively expensive and which had the potential for growth. ChipsAway fit the bill and has proved to be everything I’d hoped for. ‘It does what it says on the tin’, and if you follow the business model you can’t go wrong!Andy Cornell, franchisee since 2011

Why Choose Us

Unrivalled Training and Ongoing Support - No experience needed, guaranteed. Full, certified training

Expert Knowledge - ChipsAway’s proven business model is tried and tested. Working with ChipsAway gives you easy access to a wealth of advice and support.

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