The Collision Repair Technology program prepares students to repair the body parts of modern vehicles such as cars, vans, and trucks. The specialized instruction and hands-on experience includes identification and analysis of damage, measurement, straightening, welding, structural repair and replacement, corrosion, alignment, refinishing, trim and glass replacement, plastic repair, and working with electrical and mechanical components as they pertain to collision repair.
Graduates of this program are employed by small private repair shops specializing in collisions or large chain establishments, though many do open their own shops and work for themselves.
Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate from this program. Completion time depends on course load, course withdrawals, and repeat courses. The program takes approximately four semesters to complete based on full-time status (15+ hours per semester).
Accreditation & Certification
CLTCC’s Collision Repair Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the instructors are NATEF certified. The program also prepares students for the certification test given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The estimated program cost per semester (subject to change) is $2,250 (based on highest credential available).
Credentials and Exit Points
The credentials and exit points for Collision Repair Technology are listed below. Students who pursue the highest credential for this program (Technical Diploma) have the opportunity to finish each semester with a competency certificate.
TCA – COLLISION REPAIR APPRENTICE
CTS – BASIC STRUCTURAL REPAIR PERSON
TD – COLLISION REPAIR
Technical Competency Area (TCA), Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS), Technical Diploma (TD)