CCI — Drive Your Future TM


Create the Roadmap to your Future


There are many ways to get into the collision repair industry, but none quite like CCI. We connect each of our trainees with the best in the industry. CCI links industry-recognized education with hands-on learning through a paid apprenticeship program.
Each of our trainees are guided on the path from “eager-and-willing” to “skilled-and-employed” in 12-18 months.

Each track is unique — find the right path for you.

3 tracks available:


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Body Technician

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Repair Planner

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CCI guides each trainee through the skills they need to be successful by combining online learning methods with on-the-job training. The program contains 6 courses. Each course includes online classes that are student-directed, webinars led by one of our Instructional Designers, and on-the-job training led by a trainer in the shop.

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Blended Training Method

  • Basic skills

    CCI approaches training from the inside out. The first 8 weeks of basic skills introduces trainees to the industry in a “360 degree” approach. You will experience every angle of the repair process and whether a technician, painter, or repair planner, finish basic skills with tools in your hands, working on actual vehicles.

  • Online

    The online training is a combination of industry-recognized online courses and webinars from one of our highly qualified Instructional Designers. Online training is throughout the program and is designed to reinforce what each trainee is learning in the shop.

  • On the Job

    On-the-job training allows the trainee to learn while they get paid and allows them to work in a shop under the direction of a qualified trainer and current employee of the shop they are placed at. CCI provides the roadmap for the in-shop trainer to set up each trainee to learn the skills they need to succeed as a technician, painter, or repair planner.

Our Students

Why Launch your Career with CCI?

CCI is student-centered with a personalized program for each trainee’s individual learning style and personality. Our dedicated team’s sole purpose is the student’s success.

The Collision Career Institute takes a different angle — we place each of our students with a shop in our network at the beginning of the program instead of the end. Trainees get paid, learn and grow in a live environment. After 12-18 months, students graduate from CCI and are already working in a shop, with a career plan in-hand. We take the guesswork out of finding a job after graduation.

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Our Network

Each of the shops in our network are the best of the best. They have invested in training new employees because they believe in you and want to empower you with the skills to be successful.

Next Step

The only prerequisites are drive, a good work ethic and a desire to start a career in the collision industry.

Our shops’ environment

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      Meeting The Need

      It is getting increasingly difficult to find qualified employees. The options are to steal from the competition, wait for someone to find you, or to train and grow your own employees. Sooner than later there will not be anyone to steal, there is no time to wait and it is hard to know where to start without a roadmap.

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      Finding the RIGHT fit

      The right fit is not always the most experienced, the best interviewed, or even a referral from a valued employee. The right fit for the shop down the street may not be the right fit for you. Our first step is to understand what the “right fit” looks like for your shop.

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      Assuring Success

      A training plan is worth nothing if it is not tracked. CCI takes the guesswork out of tracking the trainee’s progress. There are many factors that lead to unsuccessful training. CCI works to prevent each of these and is ready with a plan when the inevitable challenge arises.

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About Us

The Collision Career Institute was created as a solution to an industry-wide crisis. We aim to bridge the gap between traditional vocational programs and on-the-job training. CCI is committed to be the solution for bringing in qualified technicians to the industry and more importantly to your shop. We bring knowledge, passion and experience to the table to help plant the seeds for tomorrow’s future.

The Collision Career Institute was founded by Erick Bickett and Charlie Robertson, both bringing unique backgrounds and invaluable industry experience. The partnership combines the talents and experience of an innovative owner of one of the largest MSO’s in the country with the knowledge and drive of a leader in collision repair vocational education.

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  • Our Mission

    The Collision Career Institute develops quality, productive trainees for high demand jobs in half the traditional timeframe. Trainees earn I-CAR course credit during training and are eligible to earn ProLevel-1 certification on program completion.

    CCI provides state-of-the-art curricula with hands-on learning that train individuals in strategic jobs while working in repair centers daily.

  • Our Core Strategy

    C-Level Technician, C-Level Painter, C-Level Estimator, Repair Planner, Production Management, and Physical Damage Appraisers (Insurance Industry).

    This is a competency-based program focused on the skills required for collision industry professionals. A key component of our learning strategy includes trainees progressing from individual tasks and skills to clusters of skills under the supervision of a trainer, eventually completing the same quality of repair without supervision. The migration from simplified, individual tasks to clusters of related tasks with and later without supervision, is a cornerstone of our process.


Starting something new can be scary. Starting something new without a plan can be dangerous. CCI provides the road map to connect students with a great company and provide them with the necessary training to be successful. Graduates complete the program with a skill and a job in 12 to 18 months.

A new training program is starting every three months. Apply today and begin your journey in a rewarding career.

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