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Getting started

Course planning

  • All auto collision students begin with AB 100 Auto Body Basic Skills (offered each fall, winter, and spring term).
  • All Auto painting students must begin with AB 116 Auto Painting I (offered each fall term only).

Please see the catalog for more information about classes to complete our degree and certificates.

No prerequisites

There are no reading, writing, or math classes required before you begin pursuing your Auto Collision Repair certificate or degree.

Register for classes

Registration is first-come-first-served, and no waitlist is maintained by the department. You register for classes online in MyPCC.

Cooperative Education

The 2-year certificate and associate degree programs in ACR include a Cooperative Education component. This is completed as part of the final term of the program.

Program costs

Costs are recent as of summer 2020 and assume year-round registration (including summer).

Auto Collision Repair associate degree cost estimate

Total estimated cost: $14,125
Doesn’t include textbook costs for RD/WR and Gen Ed courses, or parking permits.

  • Tuition: 90 credits x $123/credit = $11,070 total tuition charges
  • Fees: $990
    • Student activity fee: 90 x $3.40/credit = $306 total activity fees
    • Technology fee: 90 x $5.30/credit = $477 total technology fees
    • Program class fee: $75
    • Lab/class fees: $45/term x 6 terms = $270 total course fees
    • College service and transportation fee: $23/term x 6 = $138
  • Supplies: $500
  • Tools and toolbox: $1,000
  • Textbooks: $565
    • AB: $135
    • WLD: $30
    • Gen Ed: approximately $400
      • RD/WR: It’s appropriate to estimate $100 for textbooks for each WR and RD class you will take. For example, if you placed into WR 115 and RD 115, you will write in $200 for WR textbooks (WR 115 and WR 121) and $100 for RD textbooks (RD 115).
Auto Collision Repair 2-year certificate cost estimate

Total estimated cost: $11,600.40
Doesn’t include costs for parking permits.

  • Tuition: 72 credits x $123/credit = $8,856 total tuition charges
  • Fees: $1,109.40
    • Student activity fee: 72 x $3.40/credit = $244.80 total activity fees
    • Technology fee: 72 x $5.30/credit = $381.60 total technology fees
    • Program class fee: $75
    • Lab/class fees: $45/term x 6 terms = $270 total course fees
    • College service and transportation fee: $23/term x 6 = $138
  • Supplies: $500
  • Tools and toolbox: $1,000
  • Textbook: $135
Auto Collision Repair less than 1-year certificate cost estimate

Total estimated cost: $6,405.20
Doesn’t include costs for parking permits.

  • Tuition: 36 credits x $123/credit = $4,428 total tuition charges
  • Fees: $592.20
    • Student activity fee: 36 x $3.40/credit = $122.40 total activity fees
    • Technology fee: 36 x $5.30/credit = $190.80 total technology fees
    • Program class fee: $75
    • Lab/class fees: $45/term x 3 terms = $135 total course fees
    • College service and transportation fee: $23/term x 3 = $69
  • Supplies: $250
  • Tools and toolbox: $1,000
  • Textbook: $135
Auto Body Painting Certificate cost estimate

Total estimated cost: $5,705.20
Doesn’t include costs for parking permits.

  • Tuition: 36 credits x $123/credit = $4,428 total tuition charges
  • Fees: $592.20
    • Student activity fee: 36 x $3.40/credit = $122.40 total activity fees
    • Technology fee: 36 x $5.30/credit = $190.80 total technology fees
    • Program class fee: $75
    • Lab/class fees: $45/term x 3 terms = $135 total course fees
    • College service and transportation fee: $23/term x 3 = $69
  • Supplies: $250
  • Tools and toolbox: $300
  • Textbook: $135

Required tools

Tool vendors
Mac Tools

Students may receive a 50% discount on hand tools. Students may pay via credit card, check, apply for a Mac Card or money order. Students may order as often as necessary with a minimum purchase of $100 per order. There is a limit of one tool order every 90 days.

  • Contact person: Roger Sullivan (Distributor)
  • Phone: 503-984-0079 or 1-800-MAC-TOOLS
  • Website: mactools.com
Matco Tools

Students may receive up to a 60% discount on tools by going through the Matco Tools Independent Sales Representative Steven Stinson. No freight or shipping charges while you are a full-time student in a PCC technical program. Steven has the required tool list already converted over to Matco part numbers and prices for your convenience.

NAPA Auto Parts

PCC students and faculty can buy tools and equipment at the lowest possible discount. Lifetime warranty, American made tools. Our offer applies to everything in our tool catalogs, you are not limited to your required tool list. Delivery to PCC is available. We work with all Employment departments in Oregon and Washington, for example, the Trade Act and Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Locations: Aloha, Hillsboro, Forest Grove Scappoose, St. Helens
  • Contact person: Jason Hennig
  • Phone: 503-969-5039
Snap-On Tools

Email or call Bill for a copy of the Snap-On List and the student prices about 55% off retail. These deeply discounted prices are only available through Bill Overall and only to students at Portland Community College. Snap-On stocks some basic toolsets, multi-meters, air tools, torque wrenches, and a variety of toolboxes in the PCC Bookstores. Snap-On works with financing, State of Oregon, Trade Act, NAFTA, Veterans Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, and many others, helping students purchase their tools.

Vendors may choose to change these conditions without notice, contact them directly.

Required book

Textbook coverAuto Body Repair Technology, 5th or 6th edition, by James E. Duffy. ISBN-13: 9781133702856
Available at the Rock Creek Campus PCC Bookstore and online at popular bookstore websites.