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Collision Repair Technology-Refinishing

Career Studies Certificate

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Turn your passion for cars into a career

Learn from faculty experts in a specialized collision repair setting

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Would you enjoy restoring damaged vehicles to showroom ready? Then consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Collision Repair Technology: Refinishing.

At TCC's Regional Automotive Center, you'll gain the skills you need to perform professional refinishing. Students who complete this certificate are prepared for an entry-level position at a collision repair facility performing refinishing work and paint defect diagnoses.

Topics of the program include vehicle preparation; paints and thinners; painting techniques; and paint defect diagnosis.

This program is supported by the Hampton Roads Autobody Association and the curriculum is industry-vetted.

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

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Students who complete this certificate can obtain the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) certification for ProLevel 1 and 2 Refinishing.

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What does this program cost?

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

Estimated Program Cost*:
16 credits x $181.10 per credit = $2,897.60 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 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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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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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 by completing the required cooperative education experience in a collision repair facility

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

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


Stephen Miliam, a collision repair student, is passionate about his chosen field


Students who complete this certificate obtain the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) certification for ProLevel 1 and 2 Refinishing.


TCC's collision repair instructor says repair shops need techs. "These jobs need to be filled," he says. "It's been on the increase for 15 years."