Honda Professional Automotive Career Training at TCC

Learn to maintain, diagnose and repair one of the world’s most popular brands of automobiles

After seven years in the military, Scott Gurne was faced with a medical retirement. After deciding he wanted to go into automotive technology, he used his GI Bill® to come to TCC's Regional Automotive Center, where he received his Honda PACT certification. Now he's working at First Team Honda in Chesapeake.

Highly trained, experienced auto technicians are always in demand at Honda and Acura dealerships in Virginia and northeast North Carolina.

Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) prepares you for a career as an automotive technician servicing Honda and Acura vehicles at authorized dealerships.

This program is a partnership between Tidewater Community College and American Honda Motor Company. As a student, you’ll receive specialized, hands-on training while earning an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology.

Program overview

Honda PACT students learn how to use the same tools and equipment used by automotive techs at Honda dealerships, and they train on Honda and Acura vehicles.

Honda PACT logoThe program follows the rigorous National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) curriculum and guidelines, along with Honda-created training materials, shop manuals and online reference tools.

TCC instructors in the Honda PACT program are ASE-certified Master Technicians specializing in advanced Honda technology.

All automotive classes are held at TCC’s Regional Automotive Center (RAC), a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Chesapeake. In addition, students receive hands-on training at sponsoring dealerships. General academic courses are offered at all TCC campuses and online.

This program is a two-year cooperative education program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. Students spend sessions in class and in a sponsoring Honda or Acura dealership. The program provides students with the fundamental skills to succeed in the workplace with valuable hands-on experience.

Get paid while you learn

Best of all, Honda PACT’s paid cooperative education courses are completed through a local sponsoring Honda or Acura dealership. You’ll gain a paycheck and real-world experience that gives you a strong competitive advantage in the job market when you graduate.

Integrated skills

As you progress through the curriculum, you’ll learn about major automobile components and systems including brakes, suspension, emissions, transmissions, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, powertrains, and engine management systems. You’ll develop skills in automotive diagnostics, tune-ups and repairs.

Students also develop an understanding of automotive service business principles as they apply to the service technician. During your cooperative education, you will work with a master technician to further develop skills in service technology.

Along with your degree, you will earn valuable industry credentials.

Residency program

Students from outside Hampton Roads can participate in Honda PACT through the residency program. Once a student has secured a sponsoring dealer in his or her home area, the student attends classes at the RAC while staying in local housing. The student will complete cooperative classes at the home dealership. TCC has negotiated rates with local hotels and apartments for students.

How to apply & get help paying for college

To apply for Honda PACT, follow the process for admission to TCC. Next, contact David Lee
Honda PACT instructor, at 757-822-5074 or

Scholarships and financial aid are available. The program is eligible for the GI Bill®.

Career opportunities

After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology, Honda PACT students can continue to pursue their careers as automotive technicians at their sponsoring dealership or elsewhere.

Visit the Honda PACT website to learn more

Hampton Roads sponsoring dealerships

  • Casey Honda, Newport News 
  • Checkered Flag Honda, Norfolk
  • First Team Honda, Chesapeake
  • Hall Acura, Virginia Beach
  • Hall Acura, Newport News
  • Hall Honda, Virginia Beach
  • Hall Honda of Elizabeth City, Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Priority Acura, Chesapeake
  • Priority Honda Chesapeake, Chesapeake 
  • Priority Honda Hampton, Hampton 
  • Williamsburg Honda, Williamsburg

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