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Automotive Collision Technician

Our 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms, glassed-in shop areas and a showroom for vehicles that have been repaired or restored

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Our next program info session for Automotive Collision Technician is December 13 at 3 p.m. in Building 3, Room 307 . Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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You can start the program any quarter.

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Refinishing Technician Certificate
Avg. # of Quarters: 3

Structure Repair Technician Certificate
Avg. # of Quarters: 3

Automotive Collision Technician Degree
Avg. # of Quarters: 5 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Collision Technician

Median salary in WA: 

$43,200 per year.

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Refinishing Technician

Median salary in WA:

$43,200 per year.

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Career Pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

What You'll Learn

  • How to shrink, stretch, and straighten metal.  Mix and apply plastic filler.
  • How to inspect, remove, install, align panels, doors and trim to meet ship standards.
  • How to evaluate collision damage and enter information into computer to achieve an accurate repair cost.
  • And more. View all Auto Collision Technician Program outcomes

Degrees & Certificates

Within our Automotive Collision & Repair Program we offer a full degree — with an AAT and an AAS-T option — and a number of specialty certificates.

Automotive Collision Technician Degree

Refinishing Technician Certificate

Structure Repair Technician Certificate

Meet the Instructors

Greg Richards, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Greg Richards
Greg graduated from Clover Park Automotive Collision Program in June 1976. From June 1976 to 1987 he worked in dealerships, starting as an apprentice in industry and working in all capacities up to foreman/manager. He has held a Chevrolet Master Collision Repair Certification and is currently an ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair.
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Kurt Freeman
Kurt came to CPTC after 18 years of industry experience in both independent businesses and dealerships. He has performed all disciplines associated with the collision industry, specializing in structural repair, steering, suspension and alignment. He held lead and supervisory positions for several years. He's always enjoyed learning new techniques or technologies, which helped him in his career and continues to help him as an instructor.
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