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8 Repairer categories, capabilities and requirements

The capabilities and requirements relative to the specific categories of repairers are set out in the table below and should be used as a guide when a repair certifier is creating a repairer register/shop profile.

The repair certifier must have an individual shop profile for audit purposes. Each site that has been issued a work instruction to repair a vehicle must be listed.

If further clarification is required or the repair certifier comes across a situation not covered, they must contact the Waka Kotahi Vehicle Standards team or a regional Certification Officer for advice.

Repairer category

Repairer and repair technicians: minimum capabilities

Repairer premises and equipment: minimum requirements

A (Note 1)

Able to perform all classes of work from single panel repairs to major body structural repairs, unless specialised repair required. Aluminium, composite, carbon fibre repairs must go to a manufacturer recommended repairer.

Variations will be considered for panel shops that aren’t manufacturer approved. The repair certifier can contact the regional Certification Officer for guidance. Any variations must be recorded in the vehicle file.

All repair technician’s will be required to hold current manufacturer's, I-CAR or equivalent welding certificates for the material being welded.

See all categories requirements for specific capabilities and qualifications.

Repairer required to have a shop profile

Site complies with Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requirements.

Required to be a Structural Repair Centre. If the repair centre is a current member of either CRA, RCA or MTA (Collision Repairer - Structural Specialist member)  they would automatically be deemed to be compliant with the repair structural shop criteria in all respects. The repairer will be required to provide repair technicians' profiles including relevant industry qualifications (National Certificate in panel beating or another qualification considered to be the equivalent by the NZQA).

B

Able to perform single panel repairs and minor body damage repairs. For example, sills/dogleg outer skin repairs/replacement.

Note: this DOES NOT include complete sill/dog leg/pillar or similar replacement. This must be done by a Category A repairer.

Repair technicians to be on file with minimum I-CAR or similar welding certificate.

See section 'Categories A and B' below for requirements for specific capabilities and qualifications.

Repairer required to have a shop profile. Repairers are required to have a dent machine with copper nail tooling etc.

Site complies with Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requirements.

Appropriate glue dent removal systems.

C

Able to repair pre-1990 vehicles using best industry practice. For example, rust repairs, patching and replacement of panels.

Proven work skill will be required to undertake the repair.

Note: If the vehicle requires structural (including corrosion of structural areas) damage repairs, and specialist knowledge or equipment is required, the repairs will be required to be undertaken by a Category A repairer.

Repair certifier required to develop shop or individual profile only.

Site complies with Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requirements.

D

The majority of work performed is sandblasting. The repairer must be able to perform the required surface rust rectification process (no patching is allowed in the rectification process).

Sandblasting repair premises is required to have a profile of equipment for sandblasting and treating and for the rust proofing process.

Site complies with Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requirements.

The repairers rust process is to be approved by the Repair Certifier and comply with the rust rectification processes published by the RCA.

This includes use of approved products (a list of which will be supplied and maintained by the RCA).

Categories A and B

In categories A and B any staff member undertaking any form of welding must have an appropriate certificate.

All repair technicians must be suitably qualified and trained in undertaking any work in any of the above categories.

For example, they have:

  • relevant industry qualifications (National Certificate in panel beating or another qualification considered to be the   equivalent by the NZQA)
  • proof of recognized ongoing industry training (minimum 10 hours per year recorded on a training record (I-CAR, Thatcham, manufacturer courses, etc)
    Note: the 10 hours training may be shared over more than one staff member.
  • current welding certificates (AS/NZS 1554), qualified welding certificate, or I-CAR welding certificate to carry out welding repairs to the appropriate standard.

Repair shops must have the required equipment to carry out the repairs being undertaken.

Note 1

For Category A shops there is a three-month lead-in time for the creation of full shop profiles.

From 1 August 2020 to 31 October 2020 shops that are in the process of gaining the relevant MTA, CRA or RCA approval or membership can be accepted as being a Category A repair shop.

Page added 1 August 2020 (see amendment details)