Build Your Future as an Automotive Collision Technician
Earn a great living in the field of automotive collision repair, refinishing, and detailing. The Automotive Collision Repair program prepares students for employment as collision repair technicians, frame and structural alignment technicians, and automotive refinishers. Course curriculum includes damage appraisal, both computerized and handwritten. Automotive refinishing classes provide students with the most up-to-date, environmentally friendly materials they will use in the automotive refinishing trade. Detail training involves both interior and exterior care with an emphasis on the latest technologies and materials. MIG welding in various positions will prepare students to take their ICAR certification test. Training is both theoretical and practical. Directed practical work is provided in all areas of automotive collision repair under simulated on-the-job conditions. The program offers an associate in science degree and several certificate options and is ICAR/NATEF/IDA certified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Program options include certificate programs and an associate in science degree.
Depending on the program and the number of units taken each semester, completing a certificate program can take as little as one to two semesters and completing the associate of science degree program can take about two years.
The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. Unit fees for the 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students also qualify for some financial aid.
Auto Collision Repair Technician, Damage Appraiser, $32,530 - $55,930.
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- Advanced Collision Repair Paint Technician Certificate = 21 units (2 semesters)
- Advanced Collision Repair-Structural Technician Certificate = 18-19 units (2 semesters)
- Auto Collision Facility Production Manager Certificate = 21 units (2 semesters)
- Auto Collision Repair Center Management Certificate = 33 units (2-3 semesters)
- Automotive Collision Center Damage Appraiser Certificate = 18 units (2 semesters)
- Automotive Collision Center Office Management Certificate = 18 units (2 semesters)
- Automotive Collision Repair Associate in Science= 60 units (2 years)
- Automotive Collision Repair Certificate = 50-51 units (2 years)
- Automotive Damage Appraisal Certificate = 18 units (2 semesters)
- Automotive Paint and Refinishing Certificate = 33 units (2-3 semesters)
- Automotive Sales and Service Certificate = 15-16 units (1 semester)
- Collision Repair Automotive Sales and Service Certificate = 17 units (2 semesters)
- Collision Repair Body Technician Certificate = 23-24 units (2 semesters)
- Collision Repair Center Parts Manager Certificate = 16 units (1-2 semesters)
- Collision Repair I-Car Gold Certificate = 23 units (2 semesters)
- Collision Repair Mechanical Technician Certificate = 20-21 units (2 semesters)
- Collision Repair Paint Application Specialist Certificate = 14-15 units (1 semester)
- Collision Repair Technician Assistant Certificate = 17-18 units (2 semesters)
- Detail Technician Certificate = 21 units (2 semesters)
- Insurance Co/ACR Industry Management Skills Certificate = 18 units (2 semesters)