Auto Body Repair and Painting

Student working on the body of a car

Important Notice:

Unfortunately we will not be admitting any students into the Auto Body Repair and Painting Program for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters. Please check the website for updates in the future. We are still admitting students into other programs. If you are interested and would like to speak with us about options, please contact us at: (808) 845-9162 or

Program Mission

The mission of the Auto Body Repair and Painting Program (ABRP) is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides entry level knowledge and technical skills in order to meet the needs of the individual and demands of the Auto Body Industry.

Program Description

The curriculum used for the program is published by the I-CAR Education Foundation and is based on the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Auto Body Task List and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technician certification standards. Students completing the program will be prepared for employment in the Auto Body Repair and Painting industry and related areas. Classroom and laboratory work is off ered in a modern and well-equipped facility. The program is certified by NATEF.

Note: AAS Degree Status

The current AAS degree in the Auto Body Repair Program (ABRP) at Honolulu Community College (HonCC) will be suspended in the Fall of 2016 while a new Certificate of Achievement (CA) is being offered. This new CA is the result of a collaboration with industry leaders and an independent national evaluation (DACUMDeveloping A CUrriculuM and JTA - Job Task Analysis) team. The program's new CA design is intended to meet the goals of the objectives of an extensive research to: 1) Developing a short-term, entry-level training program to meet worker shortage and provide long-term workforce stabilization; 2) Strengthen industry relationships to support student success and career placement; 3) Re-establish Honolulu Community College's Auto Body Repair Program.

Program Prerequisite or Co-requisite

  • Respirator use clearance and valid driver's licence.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (Suspended in Fall 2016)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Depending on the tool manufacturer, the minimum cost for tools, textbooks, and supplies will range from $1000-3000.
  • Cost of Textbooks: $50 I-CAR Student Access + $100 optional I-CAR end of year test out
  • Purchases of additional tools, textbooks, and mock up materials may be required each semester.

Upon successful completion of the ABRP program, students are prepared to do the following:

  • Demonstrate personal and professional health and safety practices required for the Auto Body industry.
  • Create positive relationships with customers and co-workers in the work environment that will effectively support the work to be accomplished and promote customer satisfaction.
  • Work independently as well as interdependently to demonstrate professionalism and integrity with customers, co-workers, managers and vendors.
  • Demonstrate professional work ethics and standards that are expected when working in varied situations in the industry.
  • Exercise sound choices and explain reasons when undertaking simple and diverse endeavors.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply mechanical and design concepts to diagnose auto body damage and select appropriate repair processes.


  • Read and follow auto body technical specification sheets and work orders.
  • Analyze auto body damage to identify body parts needing to be replaced.
  • Measure auto body components for correct fit.
  • Measure and calculate correct amounts of chemicals and solvents for paint application and removal.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Make observations and assessments of auto body condition.


  • Inspect cosmetic panels and identify auto body irregularities.
  • Distinguish readings on paint scales.
  • Distinguish color variations.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to do auto body and refinishing work.


  • Operate necessary tools and equipment.
  • Remove, repair, and replace damaged components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work accurately.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.


  • Work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in an auto shop environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Various levels of noise, Heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles