Okay, so you have an interest in a collision repair career. Here is more information to see if this is what you really want to do. And if you have already made that decision, this information will help guide you on the way to managing a successful career. Follow the five easy steps for a successful career!

Lamborghini Gallardo before
Lamborghini Gallardo after
    Lamborghini Gallardo before and after repair

ASSESSMENT Is this for you?
If you are someone who enjoys working with your hands, has a mechanical aptitude, takes pride in your work, and is passionate about cars, then you might consider a career in collision repair. This is a challenging, yet rewarding career. General tasks of a collision repair technician include:

Usually, collision repair technicians can repair all types of vehicles, but most technicians work on cars and small trucks. There are also specialty technicians who learn to work on specific models, including sports cars and high-end vehicles.


There are many options available for students that wish to gain the skills necessary to become a collision repair technician. Over 1,300 high schools and colleges offer a collision repair program in the United States. Most use I-CAR curriculum in their programs. Curriculum ranges from a basic introduction of the industry to alignment with the collision industry knowledge standard – the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP).

Ongoing I-CAR® training is structured around collision industry professional roles. Within each role, knowledge areas have been defined by the industry, and each I-CAR course for that role contributes to a specific knowledge area needed by a technician to know how to perform a complete and safe repair.

Knowledge areas are broken into three levels that build upon each other, called ProLevel 1, ProLevel 2 and ProLevel 3.

It typically takes four years for a technician to complete all the knowledge areas in all three levels. Schools that adopt the Professional Development Program – Education Edition curriculum will prepare a student to graduate with ProLevel 1 recognition.