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Auto Body/Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Career Pathway Certificate

CPCC Career Pathway Certificate of Completion
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Race into a rewarding career in auto body repair at Clackamas Community College

Fast-track your entry into the high-demand auto body repair field with Clackamas Community College's Auto Body/Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Certificate. This hands-on program equips you with the skills and knowledge to diagnose, repair and refinish collision-damaged vehicles to pristine condition.

Why choose CCC's auto body repair program?

  • Industry-standard curriculum: Gain the expertise demanded by employers through a curriculum aligned with current industry standards.
  • Real-world experience: Learn in a modern, well-equipped shop that simulates a professional auto body repair environment.
  • Hands-on training: Develop practical skills through intensive lab experience, mastering techniques like welding, metal straightening and paint application.
  • Career-focused education: Our program prepares you to launch your career with the qualifications to pursue I-CAR Pro-level 1 certification.

Launch your auto body repair career today

Get the jumpstart you need for a successful career in auto body repair. Clackamas Community College's Auto Body/Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Certificate program can equip you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in this rewarding field.

Start fall term for a three-term completion

For the fastest completion track, enroll in for fall term. Contact us today to learn more about this exciting program!

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Auto Body/Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Career Pathway Certificate

Job Outlook

Hit the fast lane into a rewarding career in the automotive industry 

With an increasing number of vehicles on the road and rising insurance repair costs, the demand for qualified auto body technicians is on the rise. This translates to greater job security and competitive salaries for graduates. As an auto body/collision repair and refinishing technician, every day brings a new challenge. From repairing minor fender benders to restoring classic cars, the work is never dull. If you enjoy working with your hands and solving problems, this career path offers a rewarding combination of technical skills and financial stability.

Professional certification 

The Auto Body/Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Certificate qualifies you to apply for I-CAR Pro-level 1 certification.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Gear up for success by gaining essential auto body repair and refinishing skills  

Take advantage of the combination of classroom instruction and hands-on labs tailored to help you gain the skills for a career in the auto body repair and refinishing industry in less than one year. You can use your certificate to find entry-level positions in the auto body repair and refinishing industry or continue your education and earn a two-year degree.  

What you willl learn: 

  • Collision repair: Learn industry-standard techniques for repairing collision damage, including frame straightening, panel replacement and welding. 
  • Auto refinishing: Perfect the art of auto painting, from preparing surfaces to applying flawless finishes.
  • Nonstructural repair: Become an expert in fixing nonmetal components like bumpers and trim.
  • Welding: Master the art of welding for a well-rounded skillset.
  • Damage estimation: Gain the skills to accurately assess collision damage and create detailed repair estimates.
For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


Your path to I-CAR certification and career opportunities

In CCC's auto body/collision repair and refinishing technology programs you will learn how to repair and refinish cars under real-world working conditions in a well-equipped modern shop facility. Through engaging, hands-on instruction, you can earn I-CAR Pro-level 1 nonstructural or refinish technician certifications. You will have the opportunity to experience some of the best facilities in the Pacific Northwest, with state-of-the-art machinery, robotics, tools and more.

See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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