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Collision Repair Technology: Non-Structural

Career Studies Certificate

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Learn to make cars and trucks look new again

Learn from faculty experts in a specialized collision repair setting

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Fender benders and minor accidents often result in dented and damaged vehicles. Learn to repair damaged cars and trucks by obtaining the Career Studies Certificate in Collision Repair Technology: Non-Structural at Tidewater Community College.

At TCC's Regional Automotive Center, you'll gain the skills you need for an entry-level position as a collision technician in a repair facility. Learn to perform non-structural vehicle repairs including panel replacement and alignment, glass replacement, dent repair, and plastic/composite repair.

This program is supported by the Hampton Roads Autobody Association; the curriculum is industry-vetted; and students will learn from I-CAR and ASE certified instructors.

For more information, email Abe Sells or call 757-822-5077.

Certify your skills

Classes are held in a specialized repair shop setting in Hampton Roads. Students who complete this certificate obtain the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) certification for ProLevel 1 and 2 in Non Structural Repair.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Collision Repair Technology: Non-Structural Career Studies Certificate consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held at a local repair facility.

Estimated Program Cost*:
16 credits x $185.35 per credit = $2,965.60 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including steel-toed boots, respirator, safety glasses and long pants. Students must also obtain a TCC uniform shirt. If you are already working in the collision repair field, you may wear the uniform from your place of business.

Where can you go?

Find work immediately after completing the certificate as a collision repair technician in a repair facility.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • can use a computer
  • possess strong reading, writing and math skills
  • enjoy problem solving
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • exhibit good hand-eye coordination
  • are detail oriented
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Gain industry experience through a cooperative education experience in a collision repair facility

Just 16 credits! Finish this program in as few as 2 semesters

Day and evening classes are held at the Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology


Behind-the-scenes in TCC's Collision Repair and Refinishing Program 


Students who complete this certificate obtain the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) certification for ProLevel 1 Non Structural Repair.


"It's a career, but if you ask me, it's a paid hobby," says TCC collision repair student Stephen Miliam