Program Description

The Auto Collision Fundamentals Certificate prepares learners for entry into the Auto Collision industry. Instruction includes a mix of fundamental skills and knowledge led by experienced industry experts and taking place in established industry body shops around the Wausau area. This program is designed for learners who are interested in gaining employment and / or an Apprenticeship in the Auto Collision industry or for those who wish to further develop their existing skills in this subject area. This NTC program was developed with and is supported by WATEA.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $1,638
Books & Supplies: $0

Approximate Cost


Savings of Nearly $2,000.00

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Graduates will be able to…

  • Assess and effectively utilize various body shop layouts and set-ups
  • Identify and safely use various body shop chemicals and substances
  • Understand the different possible career paths available for those in the auto collision industry
  • Apply effective professionalism and communication skills
  • Understand and apply basic collision analysis skills, including: pre-repair inspections, vehicle protection, vehicle inspection, damage report creation, estimate creation, and basic scanning tools
  • Understand and apply automotive disassembly activities, including: standard procedures, organization, parts identification, documentation, practical disassembly experience, and auto glass removal
  • Identify, understand, and apply automotive body repairs including repair estimates, basic paint preparation, basic paint finishing & detailing, common prep and repair chemicals, welded panel work, frame damage, and more advanced refinishing techniques
  • Identify and safely use various pieces of common body shop equipment


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Body Shop Assistant
  • Body Shop Apprentice
  • Collision Technician
  • Collision Apprentice
  • Paint Detailer
  • Body Shop Technician


The Auto Collision Fundamentals Certificate is a 7 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Auto Collision Basics 2.00
Intermediate Auto Collision 3.00
Auto Collision Capstone 2.00
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