As part of its mission to provide quality training to UK garages, Klarius tells us that it has teamed up with respected industry body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), to independently validate its latest emissions product training modules.
From left to right, IMI Business Development Managers Colin Hankey and Barry Williams with Klarius Business Development Director Paul Hannah, during a tour of the Klarius facility in Staffordshire in England.
The IMI offers IMI accreditation for educational courses to help increase knowledge and quality within the industry, which Klarius says is closely aligned with their approach to the market of providing education and supplying high quality type-approved components.
Emissions products are evolving quickly to keep up with the latest European legislations, becoming much more complex. This has had an effect on the design of catalytic converters (CATs) and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) in particular, which in some cases are being amalgamated into one component. These new developments have created somewhat of a knowledge gap in the industry.
Klarius claims that it has identified the need for technical knowledge to be passed down from manufacturers of these components to the distribution channels that retail them and the garages and technicians who specify and fit the products. The overall aim is to ensure a better quality replacement component and correct fitment for motorists.
Doug Bentley, Head of Research and Development at Klarius said: “There is a lot of problem solving going on in garages. If a component fails, it is for a reason. Not only do technicians need to know the latest fitting techniques, they also need to be able to analyse the symptoms and failure modes and rectify accordingly. Otherwise, the fault will reoccur if the initial cause is not repaired. This process is becoming more difficult as emission control systems become more complex and the part engine management plays increases.”
The IMI say that: Klarius have recently written an excellent two day IMI Quality Assured Program (QAP) covering exhausts, CATs, DPFs and Additive Systems – which addresses many of the challenges garages and technicians encounter. We are pleased today that after our audit the Klarius Staffordshire site is now an approved IMI training centre, and the QAP course has also passed the IMI requirements and is now accredited for delivery to candidates. Not only is the information superb, but the learning outcomes are clearly defined and this fits perfectly into a CPD requirement. We are also looking at releasing condensed versions of the course modules as videos as an interactive online resource for our members worldwide.”
Paul Hannah, Business Development Director at Klarius added: “It has been a pleasure to work with the IMI and great to hear such a positive, independent assessment of our hard work in providing education in order to raise standards in the industry.”