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Automotive Collision Repair TechnologyCertificates

Gain Essential Industry Skills With a Collision Repair Certificate at Aims

Certificates are an alternative to degree programs that allow you to explore a subject or build new career skills. Aims offers six auto body certificates covering various collision repair skills to prepare you for employment in a particular area of automotive collision repair, such as upholstery, plastics repair or refinishing.

The course credits from three of these certificates (non-structural, structural and plastics repair) can also apply toward earning a collision repair degree at Aims. 

Non-Structural Repair Technician Certificate

This auto body certificate program teaches you the core skills needed to become a non-structural repair technician or work in related fields of analysis and damage repair of automotive body components. Learn outer body panel repairs, replacement, adjustments, metal finishing and body filling, movable glass and hardware work, and automotive metal welding and cutting.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry which includes an overview of job possibilities and various types of automobile construction. This course covers names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment with a focus on general collision repair and refinishing, shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues, and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Four credits.

4
required
3
required

Covers the basic characteristics of preparation for automotive repair. Students familiarize themselves with damage analysis, extent of damage and the sequence of repair.  Focuses on removal of vehicle components and protection of panels along with storage and labeling of parts. Safety procedures and equipment use are included. . Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply 

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers straightening techniques including tension pulls/stress relief, metal finishing, metal shrinking and use of fillers. Emphasizes the identification, handling and replacement of parts such as adjustment and alignment of bolt-on parts, fixed parts and accessories.  Training covers the use of adhesives, sound deadeners and welding methods performed during repairs. . Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers metal finishing, metal shrinking and the use of cosmetic fillers. Emphasis is placed on the use of proper tools required to perform these tasks, including use, selection and safety procedures for tools and equipment selected. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) tools will also be introduced in this course along with beginning level repair techniques.  Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply.

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Designed to meet the needs of the student in selected specialized area in a work-based environment. Individualized instruction at the job site is coordinated based on student's interest and instructor approval. . Prerequisite: ACT 101 or ACT 110 with a grade of "C" or better. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 9 credits. Variable credit.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply  

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 or ACT 110 with a grade of "C" or better

1 to 9
Students must take (Students must take 4 credits of ACT 180)
required

Covers mig welding procedures of seam weld, stitch welds and destructive testing.  Resistance spot welding, which includes two-sided spot weld, plasma cutting, safety, materials, and equipment and operating procedures, with emphasis on shop safety are also presented. . Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition.Differential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 111 with a grade of "C" or better

2
required

Covers the removal and replacement of fixed glass using manufacturer's specifications, proper tools and recommended materials. Application of skills are demonstrated and utilized for the removal and replacement of modular glass using manufacturer's specifications and procedures.  . Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

2
Total Credits for Non-Structural Repair Technician Certificate 24

Structural Repair Technician Certificate

Learn the basics to begin a career as a structural repair technician or work in related fields, including vehicle structural analysis and damage repair. Learn structural frame inspection and repair, unibody and unitized structure inspection, measurement and repair, fixed glass removal and installation, and metal welding and cutting.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry which includes an overview of job possibilities and various types of automobile construction. This course covers names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment with a focus on general collision repair and refinishing, shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues, and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on methods of frame measurement using dimension charts and service manuals. Includes the use of self-centering gauges and mechanical and electronic measuring. Appropriate terms and definitions of vehicle structures and vehicle diagnosis is covered including identification and analysis of damage. Includes the techniques for basic hook ups and safety procedures used in making corrective pulls. . Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues the study and application of frame measurement and repair. The student applies methods found in dimension charts and service manuals for vehicle diagnosis and straightening. Training includes the replacement of a structural panel with the identification of damaged suspension components replaced according to manufacturer's recommendations. . Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers major automotive body repair in vehicles with major damage on conventional structures and unibody structures. Student learns the operation of equipment and techniques used to straighten and align damaged frames. Identification and analysis of frames, hot and cold stress relieving, servicing and sectioning of structural frames is also included. Liability issues and the importance of making these corrections according to the manufacturer's recommendations and industry standards are emphasized. . Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 131 and ACT 132 with grades of "C" or better.

3
required

Covers the removal and replacement of fixed glass using manufacturer's specifications, proper tools and recommended materials. Application of skills are demonstrated and utilized for the removal and replacement of modular glass using manufacturer's specifications and procedures.  . Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 101 with a grade of "C" or better

2
Total Credits for Structural Repair Technician Certificate 15

Plastics Repair Technician Certificate

Learn the fundamentals of plastics analysis related to automotive damage repair. Learn inspection and repair of plastic body components and other plastic items found in today’s vehicles.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry which includes an overview of job possibilities and various types of automobile construction. This course covers names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment with a focus on general collision repair and refinishing, shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues, and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Four credits.

4
required
1
required

Emphasizes advanced plastic and adhesives. The current state-of-the-art repairs for both rigid and flexible plastic components using the latest manufacturer's repair techniques are presented. Sheet Molded Compound procedures and the use of proper adhesives is covered. .  One credit.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 151 with a grade of "C" or better

1
Total Credits for Plastics Repair Technician Certificate 6

Refinish Technician Certificate

In this standalone certificate that does not apply toward the automotive collision repair degree, you’ll learn the skills required to become an automotive refinishing technician. Gain automotive refinishing skills in surface preparation, spray equipment operation, and identifying and addressing paint defects.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry which includes an overview of job possibilities and various types of automobile construction. This course covers names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment with a focus on general collision repair and refinishing, shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues, and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Four credits.

4
required

Performs surface preparation for refinishing including cleaning, sanding, feather edging, chemical treatment of bare materials, and priming. The application of primers includes rationale and use of colored primers and sealers. In addition, the course will cover spot-priming for repaired areas. . Two credits..http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

ACT 141 with a grade of "C" or better

2
required
2
required

Provides the knowledge needed for application and use of automotive paint systems. Course includes locating color codes, mixing formulas, matching and selections of materials. Proper paint gun use and adjustments is taught for the product being applied. In addition, the student practices correct masking and detailing techniques.   Two credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply.

Course Prerequisites

ACT 142 and ACT 143 with grades of "C" or better

2
required
1 to 9
Student Must Take (Students must take 1 credit of ACT 170)
required
1 to 9
Student Must Take (Students must take 4 credits of ACT 181)
required

Covers paint defects. Emphasizes the causes of paint defects with methods to cure problems during and after refinishing procedures. Students learn to identify the proper surface preparations to apply prior to refinishing. Training includes using paint equipment and determining paint film thickness with proper temperatures for refinishing.  Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition.Differential tuition rates apply.

Course Prerequisites

ACT 242 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required
2
required
2
required
2
Total Credits for Refinish Technician Certificate 24

Damage Appraisal Estimating Certificate

In this certificate that does not apply toward the automotive collision repair degree, you’ll learn the skills required to perform automotive damage appraisal estimates. Gain skills in automotive collision technology, estimating, and auto body shop management, customer relations and sales.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry which includes an overview of job possibilities and various types of automobile construction. This course covers names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment with a focus on general collision repair and refinishing, shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues, and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Four credits.

4
required
1 to 9
Students must take (Students must take 1 credit in ACT 170.)
required
3
required
2
Total Credits for Damage Appraisal Estimating Certificate 10

Upholstery Certificate

In this certificate that does not apply toward the automotive collision repair associate degree program, you’ll learn the skills required to repair and replace automotive upholstery. Gain skills in upholstery and carpeting removal and replacement, correct use of materials, and cutting and stretching.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required
3
required
3
required
3
required
3
required
1 to 6
Students must take (Students must take 4 credits of UPH 275)
Total Credits for Upholstery Certificate Credits 16