Program Description

CVTC offers a one-year Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician program that will provide hands-on auto body repair training. An automotive collision repair career presents you with daily challenges as you will see all types of damage to vehicles and need to determine everything that needs to be fixed.

You will learn the following skills:

  • Estimating
  • Frame repair
  • Mechanical systems repair
  • Plastic repair
  • Structural repair
  • Vehicle refinishing
  • Weld-on panel replacements

This program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Services Excellence in the areas of painting and refinishing, nonstructural analysis and damage repair, and structural analysis and damage repair.

Just the Facts:

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician
39 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $10,660

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How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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91% of our Auto Collision Repair graduates get a job in the industry.

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Earn a Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician technical diploma in just one year.


Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 5% growth is projected in auto collision positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.



These are a few of the courses you will take in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Welding for Auto Collision
    Students will acquire basic welding skills on light gauge metals and other materials used in the automobile industry by using oxyacetylene welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and plastic welding.
  • Refinishing
    Students will complete paint jobs, spot repair, color blending, sanding techniques, and taping.
  • Estimating & Structural Repair
    Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection and perform damage analysis, both structural and non-structural.
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