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Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-405-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
  • Painters, Transportation Equipment 

If you've ever wanted to know how to turn a damaged vehicle into something that looks like new, this could be the program you're looking for. Through classroom instruction and work on customers' vehicles, you'll learn the skills you'll need for this career area:

  • Estimating
  • Non-structural repair
  • Plastic repair
  • Weld-on panel replacements
  • Vehicle refinishing
  • Frame and structural repair
  • Paint technology
  • Mechanical systems repair

In all course activities, you'll find an emphasis on safety. The latest, most advanced equipment and repair techniques are used. Your classes will incorporate I-CAR curriculum, and you may be I-CAR certified when you successfully complete the program.

Employment opportunities are best for people with formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing. The number of vehicles on the road is increasing, leading to a need for people to repair damaged vehicles. This program could be the training you need to prepare for a rewarding career!

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

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 38
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 40 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.