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Collision Repair

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace safety and environmental practices 
  • Demonstrate appropriate care and maintenance of shop tools and equipment  
  • Identify proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Business Fundamentals

  • Demonstrate knowledge of estimating terminology
  • Identify employability skills within the collision repair industry
  • Calculate estimates and costs related to repair procedures

Metal Inert Gas(MIG)/Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW)

  • Demonstrate vehicle protection procedures
  • Describe understanding of welder set-up and maintenance
  • Describe various welding and removal processes
  • Describe and differentiate various types and uses of welding processes

Structural Repairs

  • Replace and/or repair structural components
  • Select, setup, and utilize manual measuring systems 
  • Explain and identify computerized 3-D measuring systems
  • Explain and identify the operation of various pulling systems
  • Diagnose direct and indirect structural damage 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of working with various strengths of metals  

Non-Structural Repairs

  • Demonstrate understanding of metal straightening and finishing
  • Identify automotive plastics and proper repair procedures 
  • Diagnose primary and secondary non-structural damage 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of movable and stationary glass 
  • Utilize basic corrosion protection procedures
  • Use adhesive bonding procedures
  • Remove and replace automotive trim 
  • Remove, install, replace, align, or repair non-structural panels 
  • Remove, install, and replace ancillary components (e.g., headlamps, under-hood fuse boxes, etc.)

Mechanical and Electrical Systems

  • Identify basic steering and suspension components 
  • Verify functions of electrical systems and basic wiring repair
  • Identify service and operation of air conditioning (AC) and cooling systems
  • Identify a basic safety restraint system (SRS)
  • Perform basic mechanical and electrical operations


Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours   

Number of Questions: 146


Areas Covered:

Safety: 14%

Business Fundamentals: 10%


Structural Repairs: 15%

Non-Structural Repairs: 29%

Mechanical and Electrical Systems: 20%

Sample Questions: 

Clogged spray booth filters will cause

A. runs in the finish
B. orange peel in the finish
C. shorter flash times
D. malfunction of the spray booth

What information does the eighth digit from the right of a VIN provide?

A. assembly plant
B. body type
C. model year
D. engine type

Bird-nesting occurs on a MIG/GMAW welder

A. between the drive rollers and liner
B. at the contact tip
C. on the work being welded
D. inside the liner

When making a vertical butt weld, start from the

A. top
B. bottom
C. center
D. left

When a door intrusion beam is severely damaged in an accident,

A. replace the door shell
B. straighten the beam
C. repair the door skin
D. heat the beam


Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Number of Jobs: 3


Areas Covered:

46% Welding

Participant will adjust the welder, perform a vertical lap weld, vertical butt weld with backing, vertical plug weld, and shut down the welder.

40% Sheet Metal Repair

Participant will wear proper PPEs, clean the panel, straighten the damaged area, prepare panel for filler, mix and apply filler, and sand and shape filler.

14% Vehicle Measurement

Participant will safely measure wheel base and obtain the X measurement of the engine compartment.

Sample Job:

Vehicle Measurement

Maximum Time:  15 minutes

Participant Activity:  The participant will obtain tram gauge from storage area, measure vehicle wheel base (hub to hub) with tram gauge, and record results in metric measurement on the chart provided.