Auto Body Collision Repair & Refinishing

From expert repairs to extreme customs

Fender benders happen. That's why auto body professionals are always in demand. ACC's experienced instructors give you the keys to a profitable future by helping you build expertise in auto body construction, surface prep, painting, dent repair, structural repair, estimation, welding, and more - using a step-by-step approach and the latest high tech equipment. You can also trick out your education with specialties in custom paint, waterbone paint by Sikkens, carbon fiber, and Car-o-liner training. Additional benefits include the I-CAR Welding Qualification Test and I-CAR gold points.

The following degree and certificates are available:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Auto Body Collision & Refinishing
  • Certificates in Auto Body Collision Repair and Auto Body Refinishing

What skills can I gain?

In a step-by-step process, students gradually build expertise in a wide range of job skills, by first performing projects on parts and sheet metal, then progressing to real cars. Students focus on the following areas: auto body construction, surface prep, painting, dent repair, structural repair, estimation, and MIG welding, along with many other important skills needed for today's repairs.

As today's manufacturers utilize newer and lighter materials, repairs require more specialized knowledge and technique. Using the industry's latest tools and equipment, expert instructors help students master repair and modification techniques for materials such as plastics, fiberglass, aluminum, sheet metal, sheet molded compounds (SMC), and carbon fiber. Students may also learn customization techniques like airbrushing, custom graphics and paint, carbon fiber, chopping, and shaving.

This program complies with the standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

Where can I work with this education?

Graduates of this program can be employed as a refinishing technician, collision repair technician, parts manager, insurance adjuster, shop manager, estimator, journeyman, or shop owner, among other positions. Employers include large and small auto body shops, auto dealers, parts retailers and suppliers, and insurance companies.

How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?

The associate degree requires at least two and a half years of full-time study. In addition to specialized auto body courses, students complete general academic foundation classes, such as English, math, fine arts and speech communication.

The certificates in auto body collision repair and auto body refinishing take most students one year to complete. They are preferred by individuals interested in quickly entering the workforce or by people already working in the industry interested in updating their skills.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.