Auto Collision Repair Diploma and Degree Programs in NC

Dec 12, 2018

The state of North Carolina has roughly 22 schools that offer auto collision repair programs. Get some information about the diploma and certificate programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

NC Schools with Auto Collision Repair Programs

North Carolina provides several options for individuals who want to learn how to restore cars damaged by a collision. Most of these programs are offered at the diploma and certificate levels and are found at community colleges and technical institutes. Two community colleges and the auto collision repair programs they offer are highlighted here. Find curricula details for each program discussed below, and read statistical information about each school in the table.

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College students interested in auto collision repair can find certificate and diploma programs. The school is located about three miles west of the downtown Fayetteville area, approximately eight miles south of Fort Bragg.
  • Blue Ridge Community College offers an ASE accredited program in automotive technology. The school is found in western NC, about 30 miles south of Asheville.

Comparison of Schools

It is helpful to consider all that a school has to offer before choosing an auto collision repair program. Find facts and statistics about each school's population, tuition, and retention and graduation rates.

Fayetteville Technical Community College Blue Ridge Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 11,660 2,122
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $2,528 (in-state)
$8,672 (out-of-state)
$2,601 (in-state)
$8,745 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 74%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2017)* 50% 59%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014)* 18% 32%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. More than 11,000 students pursue associate degree, diploma and certificate programs in its historic Fayetteville setting.

Certificate in Basic Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology

The certificate program introduces students to the basics of painting and refinishing vehicles and the repair of structural and non-structural damages. In addition to learning the proper tools and techniques for autobody repair, students learn to prepare surfaces for paint application, repair minor damage to body panels and take measurements of structural components.

Diploma in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

This diploma program requires three semesters of coursework for completion. A total of 36 credits prepares students for work in collision repair. Students learn how to estimate repair and refinishing costs, along with studying structural and non-structural damage repairs. A few general education courses are also included in the curriculum.

Associate in Applied Science in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Students in the degree program take courses in painting and refinishing as well as non-structural and structural damage repair. Students match colors and perform spot and panel refinishing repairs. The advanced non-structural and structural damage courses teach students how to replace body panels or structural glass and align damaged structural components. For their final semester, students take courses to learn the techniques used in special finishes and plastics and adhesives repair. A course in autobody estimating is also offered. The degree can be earned in two years or five semesters.

Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College is located on the outskirts of the Nantahala National Forest just north of the South Carolina border. Despite being one of the smaller community colleges in the state, the college's automotive technology programs offer some of the field's more unique degree programs.

Certificates in Automotive/Transportation

Blue Ridge Community College offers a certification in Automotive/Transportation with concentration in any of eleven areas including steering and suspension, brakes, engine performance, heating and air conditioning, electronics, painting and refinishing, exhaust systems, and non-structural analysis and damage repair. In the latter option, students learn to repair and replace damaged auto body panels. The program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Certifications in auto emission inspection and vehicle safety inspection can be completed with an 8-hour certification course.

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