Training Overview

AARO is committed to bring our members up-to-date regularly scheduled training. We offer a wide range of programs:

  • ODP Certification Training

  • Business Management Training

  • Hybrid Training

  • Diesel

  • Transmission

To find out more or to sign-up for courses, workshops or training, contact the AARO office 1-800-268-5400 or send us a message using our contact form.

2020 – 2021 Training Webinars

In this session we are going to examine the popular Dodge Ecodiesel. This class will provide an in depth look at the systems employed on this engine, scan data, bi-directional control of components for testing purposes and how to approach a diagnostic situation. Emphasis will be placed on how to diagnose failures.

The joint venture between Fiat and Chrysler has resulted in many new technologies. The Multi-Air engine is no exception. What makes this engine unique is the operation of the valve lift and timing mechanism. In this class we will cover operation of the system, scan data, scope readings and electrical testing as well as pressure transducer testing of the mechanical side of the system.

This popular plug in electric vehicle and in our opinion one of the best presents some challenged for technician that may be unfamiliar with EV’s. Our goal with this class will be to cover operation and diagnostics of the various systems that are employed. In addition, charging system technology will be covers as these cars cannot produce their own electricity and therefore must be recharged on a regular basis.

Many light duty trucks and even some cars are now equipped with suspension leveling systems. All the manufacturers are using Air or Nitrogen as the medium to raise and lower the vehicle. This class looks at how these systems operate, available scan data and how to troubleshoot failures.

Misfires can be difficult to diagnose once you get beyond the routine failures such as Ignition System and Fuel Injector problems. This class looks at what you do and how you do it to solve misfires that go beyond the normal range of diagnostics. We will look at a variety of issues and provide troubleshooting procedures to help you get to the bottom of a misfire complaint.

One of the biggest challenges facing technicians today is getting your hands on the correct information at the correct time. We will look at a variety of scenarios where getting the right information was critical to solving the vehicle issue. This class will provide instruction on where and how to source diagnostic information.

Like Case Studies Part 4, a series of case studies will be used to help technicians develop their thinking skills. We will use the case study format as we work our way through problem vehicles as a group to help develop and refine a diagnostic thinking process that we can use when we get back to the shop. You need not have taken earlier classes to attend this class.

Ford uses a variety of charging systems ranging from simple voltage regulator-controlled systems through to LIN bus fully integrated systems. We will look at the current Ford charging systems in use today, we will cover operation, scan data where applicable, bi-directional controls and diagnostic procedures that allow you to quickly and accurately diagnose Ford Systems.

General Motors employs several valve control systems on their engines, from cylinder de-activation system to variable valve timing control. This class looks at each of these different systems in depth. We will cover operation, scan data, current data from control solenoids, in cylinder pressure transducer testing and diagnostic strategies to help you solve valve train problems quickly and accurately.

Getting to the root cause of a low power concern can be a challenge. Low power can be caused by a host of failures including, restricted exhaust, low fuel pressure, bad sensor information, engine base timing concerns and problems in other systems such as traction control that put the vehicle in low power mode. We will cover in this class how to analyze data and codes to determine the failure area and look at techniques to help solve these problems.


In speaking to some of you about the webinar training program there has been a bit of confusion on how it will be delivered.  To clear this up, our trainer Mark Lemay has put together a short video that explains this and the COJG grant.

Please take a few minutes and view the video by following the links below.

For class information and registration please follow the link below

The 2020-2021 training program qualifies for the COJC grant program which will cover up to 80% of the cost.  You can apply by clicking the link below and scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the Apply Now Button.

Please note:  You are still able to sign up for the full training season, the classes have been taped and will be sent to you so that you will be able to view them in their entirety.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the AARO office, 1-800-268-5400 ext 2.


This course is specifically designed for the owner of the independent automotive repair facility.

During this course you will:

  • Hear about the future of the automotive aftermarket pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to explore
  • Recognize disruptors and their effect on your business, including the newest disruptor COVID-19. Implement positive changes to reduce the effect these disruptors could have on your bottom line
  • Understand the aftermarket “STEM” and learn about our “VISION”
  • Learn a new way of scrutinizing your business’ success utilizing 20 proven, financially-sound measurements
  • Analyze specific revenue and expense numbers from your own business using our easy-to-use, mathematical equations that clearly identify your potential for increased NET profit
  • Understand how to create a strong business culture where you no longer have to worry about retaining qualified staff
  • Develop your team into a cohesive, professional unit where all team members benefit from the growing success of the business
  • Discuss the concept of team profit sharing and how it works to build a strong business culture
  • Discuss the difference between successful and non-successful people. Learn two new non-negotiable rules for moving forward
  • Understand how client perception of your business can create client loyalty.

Who should enroll:

  • Independent shop owners along with two others from their team
  • It is highly recommended to include either your service manager, service advisor, lead technician, bookkeeper or accountant

How it Works:

  • Interactive, live, on-line sessions led by Bob Greenwood AMAM
  • A detailed handout is provided for each session
  • 8 sessions, 1 hour each – participants must attend all 8
  • Homework is assigned after each session as you study your own business moving forward

Course dates and times:

1.Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

2.Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

3.Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

4.Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

5.Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

6.Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

7.Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

8.Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

The Cost:

  • $600.00 – AARO Member shop owner, $100.00 for each additional participant, includes a 1 hour one-on-one with Bob Greenwood after the course
  • $700.00 – Non AARO Member shop owner, $100.00 for each additional participant Early Bird Registration – save 5% if you sign up before November 30, 2020.

To register please click on the link below:


Luanne Fedosoff

Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario

1005 Skyview Drive, Suite 106 Burlington, ON L7P 5B1

1-800-268-5400 Ext 2



For more information about dates, location and registration, please check our calendar of events.