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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Nov 17, 2019
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] 
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] [Archived Catalog]

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing (5606) (W.C.)

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Workforce Certificate

The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing selective access program is designed to provide the training you need to become a professional technician. The program is a total of 1,400 contact hours which can be completed in 12 months. Coursework includes classroom theory and hands-on lab exercises using the latest techniques to make damaged cars look like new again. The program is NATEF certified in areas B2 through B5 for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and will prepare you for ASE Certification Exams.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.


The mission of the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program is to prepare students for employment or specialized training as an auto-body or paint technician by providing remarkable training and education for future professionals and their employers. The program provides instruction on theory and operation through courses that align with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification areas. Students completing this program will gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for distinctive success in a global economy.

Career Opportunities

Having a successful career as a professional collision repair and refinishing technician requires training and professional certifications. Completing this program will help you achieve both of these goals. Technicians with formal training, and Certifications typically earn more and have more opportunities for advancement that those who don't.

Local employers contact us often to hire students and program graduates. Getting hired to work part time before you graduate is the ideal arrangement. Being able to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a live work environment allows you to develop your skills at a rapid pace. Our office can help put you in touch with employers who understand the value of this process and desire to work with our students in order to help develop a professional technician for their business.

Notice to prospective students:  A poor driving record, certain felony conviction or not having a regular unrestricted driver's license will adversely affect your employment opportunities as an Automotive Technician.  Students are strongly encouraged to explore employment eligibility requirements for any career field before choosing and starting a program of study.  Students who are admitted into this program must pass a medical evaluation of their ability to wear a respirator.  Upon gaining medical clearance, the student is also required to pass a Qualitative Fit Test (QLFT) while wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE) respirator/breathing aparatus.  Both assessments will be administered before the end of the second course.  Students who are unable to pass either assessment may not be allowed to continue in the program.

How to Apply

This is a selective access program.  In addition to the regular College application, entrance into the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program requires students to submit an application to the Program Manager's office that includes the following: 

  1. Three-year driving transcript;
  2. Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Assessment score report;
  3. Results of appropriate placement test (PERT for AAS or TABE for PSAV) or proof of exemption claimed on SB1720 student questionaire; and
  4. A short essay between 200 and 300 words explaining how the program will help the student achieve his or her career goals.

All four items above are considered when evaluating a student for program entry.  A poor driving record, Bennett scores less than 32, TABE/PERT scores that indicate remediation is required or an application package that does not clearly indicate how the program will help you achieve your career goals will affect your entrance into the program.  The program application packet can be obtained by contacting the Automotive Program Manager's office at 904-633-8334 or

Need More Information? Contact:

Automotive Technologies Department, (904) 633-8334 or

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a Postsecondary Training certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
  5. Students must earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under this catalog (2014/2015) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019. After the Summer Term 2019 the 2014/2015 catalog requirements will no longer be in effect and the student must choose a new catalog year within the current 5 year active catalogs.  Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. Visit the Gainful Employment page for gainful employment programs' placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 30 or fewer credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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