Become a Member - Collision Repair Association


Benefits Application Details Annual Subscription Membership Rules

Benefits of becoming a CRA member

  • Branch meetings
  • Group discounts for products / services
  • Conferences
  • Publicity
  • Branch Meetings
  • I-CAR NZ Training
  • Liaison with suppliers and manufacturers
  • Management advice

Click here to view all the benefits of being a CRA member.

Click here to learn more about the Quality Assurance Programme.

For information about the Collision Repair Associations’ long-term goals download the Strategic Plan.

Application details for Panelbeaters, Spraypainters, Plastic Repairers, Motor Trimmers, Coach Builders and Radiator Repairers

All applicants must meet minimum standards for equipment, business presentation, financial responsibility and training. In addition all applicants go through a 12 month probationary period. During this time performance is monitored against set guidelines (equipment / business presentation) and at the end of the period the applicant is considered for full membership.

An inspection of the company’s premises is conducted in order to confirm that both the workshop and workplace practices conform with the Association’s criteria for membership.

Membership can only be approved by the National Executive, which meets five times a year. This Executive has an overriding discretion to decline applications from those persons who in their opinion are not suitable or desirable to become members of the National Body.

If you would like to receive a membership application pack please complete this form.

Application details for Associate Members

There are two levels of membership for associates with the only difference being that one level entitles the associate member to voting rights. The annual subscription rate for Associate Members is $538.56 excluding GST (voting rights) or $309.32 excluding GST (standard).

For this subscription you will receive full support from our National Office, copies of “PanelTalk” – 6 editions yearly, and you will be kept up to date of all branch activities and will receive a free listing in the PanelTalk Service Directory which is distributed yearly to over 2000 companies.

If you would like to receive a membership application pack please complete this form.

Once your application form has been received it will be placed on the National Executive agenda for approval.

Annual Subscription

The following are the annual subscription fees (excluding GST) depending on what category you are classified as. Click here to view an explanation of the categories.

Structural Repair Centre $847.75
Panelbeating/Spraypainting $748.23
Sole Operator – Panelbeating/Spraypainting (owner operator only) $508.22
Sole Operator – Structural Repair Centre (owner operator only) $599.22
Motor Trimmer, Coach Builder, Radiator Repairs, Plastic Repairs $538.56
Full Associate (has voting rights) $538.56
Standard Associate $309.32

Guidelines & Requirements

All new members and any company or corporate member where there has been a change of ownership such that new natural persons are running that company or corporate business, will have their membership placed on probation for one year. Throughout the probationary period it is expected that none of the following will occur (as determined by the Association’s National Executive in its sole discretion):

  • Any written complaints
  • Failure to maintain good credit rating
  • Poor workmanship
  • Business presentation falls below standards
  • Activities/behaviour that could bring the Association into disrepute
  • Fraudulent activity
  • Failure to adhere to the Guide to Good Membership

Random visits may occur during the probationary period to review the above. At the end of the probationary period, the National Executive may determine at its sole discretion whether the applicant is or is not suitable or desirable as a member of the Association, and if so on what terms that applicant will become a member of the Association.

Business Presentation / Required Equipment

Click here to download the Business Presentation / Required Equipment list.

Membership Rules

Click here to view our Membership Rules – ‘Guide to Good Membership’.


It is a condition of membership of the Association that at least one qualified tradesperson be employed for the category(ies) applied for. For the purpose of this condition, a qualified tradesperson is defined as any person who has served an apprenticeship under the appropriate classification and has a minimum of six years experience in the industry, or has been employed as an adult tradesperson under the appropriate classification for a period of not less than seven years in a position where he/she has been able to gain the knowledge and skill of a tradesperson.

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