Automotive Collision Apprenticeship Program

The Automotive Collision Apprenticeship Program is an evening program that prepares graduates for employment in the collision repair and refinishing industry.

Students receive classroom and hands-on training in vehicle repair procedures and techniques. Students learn to use specialized tools, materials and techniques to straighten or replace damaged body panels and structural components as well as perform related mechanical and electrical repairs, restraint system repairs and stationary glass replacement.

Students will also learn the latest procedures for partial and complete refinishing of automobile as well as custom painting techniques. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical skills students learn as well as enhance oral and written communication skills, fundamental math skills and critical thinking ability. In addition to the regular technical courses, ACAP students can choose to complete four auto body internships and a refinishing Internship at an approved industry collision repair facility.

Dunwoody’s programs utilize I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) training materials, and the program is an I-CAR Training Alliance Member. Instructors are also certified as master technicians by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and are I-CAR Gold Class professionals. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the branch of ASE which certifies and accredits automotive education programs, has certified the College in all areas of collision repair and refinishing.


Common Job Titles
Detailer; Body Technician; Refinish Technician

Program Placement Rate: 100%
Data reflects placement for AY2012-13 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact


Typical Employers
ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Lupient Collision; LaMettry’s Auto Body

National Median Salary

SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the
Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the
Bureau of Labor and Statistics,



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