Honda Announcement: Honda Changes i-HDS Software and DST-i Tool Requirements for Honda’s ProFirst Certified Shops

Articles posted on 09/22/18

As reported in January 2018 to Repair Driven News, Honda announced a major change to their Mechanical Repair Equipment section of their ProFirst certification requirements document. The link to the ProFirst Honda Certified tools and equipment requirements is provided here:

The change, that happened January 2018, calls for the following: Honda Certified ProFirst shops must now have a tool equipped to run the Honda Diagnostic System software (i-HDS) or sublet the work. The requirement doesn’t mean a ProFirst collision repairer (or unaffiliated shop) must buy the Honda dealership DST-i device but they must have access to it. Honda collision assistant manager Scott Kaboos confirmed. “The key is the software,” Kaboos said.

The good news is all Honda ProFirst certified repair shops currently using the asTech® diagnostic and vehicle repair process comply with Honda’s latest tool requirement announcement.  asTech® uses the i-HDS software for ALL Honda diagnostic scan requests. Staying compliant with the new Honda ProFirst requirement change is already handled if you’re using asTech®.  Comments from Honda Manager Scott Kaboos include the following, “Therefore, the asTech®, which patches the car to a Honda scan tool remotely should be fine” according to Kaboos.

If you know of a friend or business colleague currently in the collision repair business, focused on delivering safe and properly repair vehicles, who might benefit from learning more about the patented asTech® Remote Diagnostic Device or the asTech® On-Site employee service option please have them call us at (888) 486-1166 # 3 for Sales Support or visit us at

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