Students interested in painting techniques and restoration can enroll in undergraduate programs in collision repair and painting. This training can be completed through automotive departments at community colleges and universities.
Automobile Painting Schools
Automobile painting programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374|
|Hawaii Community College||Hilo, HI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,940; Out-of-state $7,932|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $5,386; Out-of-state $15,202|
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, ID||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $6,784; Out-of-state $20,182|
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$5,159|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $5,375; Out-of-state $12,709|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $2,424; In-state $3,816; Out-of-state $5,016|
|Greenville Technical College||Greenville, SC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $4,224; In-state $4,584; Out-of-state $8,448|
|Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology||Okmulgee, OK||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,860; Out-of-state $10,470|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
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School Selection Criteria
There are some things to consider when choosing a school:
- Practical training is assured with programs that are approved by the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation, which requires that programs provide hands-on experience.
- School resources may be such that students are required to provide their own tools.
- Some certificate programs can be completed in a few months, while associate's programs take two years to finish.
- Students should be aware that somewhat hazardous chemical procedures are common when preparing automobiles for painting and when blending colors for discreet detailing.
Collision Repair and Painting Certificate
Certificate programs in auto body painting may be earned in less than one year. Individuals looking for a broader education in the automobile collision repair industry may consider additional certificate programs or choose to earn an associate degree.
Associate Degree in Collision Repair and Painting
Associate degree programs include general education courses, in addition to repair and painting specific courses. Though associate degrees require more time to complete, students may use this time to participate in an apprenticeship program or an internship.
To learn the craft of automobile painting, students typically pursue certificates, diplomas or associate's degrees in auto painting technology or collision repair and painting. Students should ensure the program they choose offers hands-on training.