Printed on 10/21/2021

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

32-405-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Part Time and Full Time
54 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day and Evening
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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With this program, you’ll be ready for employment in a body shop, auto dealer shop, paint company or insurance company, among others. You’ll learn how to repair dents in vehicle bodies and will also repair plastic parts on vehicles. Your training includes the replacement of bolted-on parts such as doors, fenders and trunk lids. You’ll also learn about the structural repair of conventional frames and weld-on panels such as quarter panels and roofs. This program also covers vehicle paint preparation and paint techniques for spot repair and complete vehicle refinishing.

Career Opportunities

  • Auto Body Technician
  • Automotive Technician
  • Body Shop Owner
  • Finishing Technician
  • Painter
  • Painter/Body Technician


Estimated Program Cost

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

This program will cost about $11,539.85*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $764.26*.

Textbooks will cost about $423.85*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

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    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Straighten collision damaged sheet metal
    • Refinish automobile body parts
    • Replace non structural panels and parts
    • Repair plastic and composite body parts
    • Estimate collision damage repair costs
    • Perform collision repair welding procedures
    • Replace moveable automotive glass
    • Diagnose and repair/replace collision damaged structural components
    • Diagnose and repair restraint systems
    • Diagnose and repair electrical related systems
    • Diagnose and repair body related mechanical systems
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Collision Repair and Refinish
  • Additional Information
    By starting in fall, a minimum of 5 semesters will be required to complete this program. If you are starting in spring, you will be able to register for general education and limited technical studies courses; however, program specific technical studies courses will not begin until fall semester.

    Tools will be provided for students to use while on campus.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

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