Collision Repair Technology

Hone the Skills Needed for Success in Today's Advanced Collision Repair Industry

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Program Overview

Are you interested in mastering the art and science of collision repair and refinishing? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Collision Repair Technology program is tailored for those aspiring to excel in this dynamic industry. Expert-level instruction, taught by industry professionals, will provide you with hands-on training in welding, minor repair, polishing, panel replacement, plastic-bumper repair, estimating, and both structural and non-structural repair using state-of-the-art equipment.

This program offers you multiple training options from a Basic Technical Certificate to an Associate of Applied Science, each with extensive training, including classroom, lab work, and internships, with a focus on refinishing, color matching, custom painting, and advanced repair techniques. Successful completion of all collision repair classes qualifies you to earn I-CAR certificates in ProLevel 1 Non-Structural Repair and ProLevel 1 Refinishing. 

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate


$11,681 – 17,257

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Program Exploration

Program Exploration – May 20

Learn more about the Collision Repair Technology program, meet the instructors, and get your questions answered!


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Learning Opportunities

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Train on industry-standard equipment for real-world readiness.
  • Hands-On Training & Internships: Apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • I-CAR Professional Development Program: Graduate with ProLevel 1 certifications, aligning with industry professional standards.
  • Student Toolkits: Prepare for immediate industry work with required toolkits.
  • Specialized Skills Development: Master techniques in waterborne and solvent-borne paint systems, blending, and custom painting.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Collision Repair Technology – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Degree Requirements

Cost: $17,257

Collision Repair Technology – Intermediate Technical Certificate




Collision Repair Technology – Basic Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers

    Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.


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  • Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

    Set up, operate, or tend spraying or rolling machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products, including glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials. Includes painters of transportation vehicles such as painters in auto body repair facilities.


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  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

    Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.


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  • Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage

    Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"The equipment we have in the autobody shop is top of the line. It is incredible what we have to work with. From lifts to paint booths, even well-established autobody shops don’t always have those. You can only work with the tools you know, and to have such quality materials throughout our education sets us up for success." Read more > about Collision Repair Technology Teaching and Placing Autobody Repair Technicians of Tomorrow
Nolan Czapiewski
Student, Collision Repair Technology
"When I realized I could actually do a job based on my favorite T.V. shows, I decided it was time to go back to college and pursue my dream of one day owning my own collision repair and restoration shop. I looked around at different places in the U.K., and nothing had what I was looking for. When I looked into CWI, I knew it was exactly what I wanted. " Read more > about Painting Her Dreams
Sophie Rusling
Student, Collision Repair Technology


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