An Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician is a person who repairs, adjusts, and replaces
sheet metal and allied parts of automobiles, trucks, and buses. The student will work in a supervised
environment and perform basic auto-collision repairs, utilizing safety techniques, correct
terminology, and a variety of vehicle repair methods in the auto-collision industry. Prior to
beginning repairs, students prepare or review motor vehicle repair estimate reports to determine
what needs to be repaired. During these repairs, students will hammer out dents, buckles, and
other defects; remove damaged fenders, panels, and grills; and straighten bent frames. The
program will also include repairing and replacing doors, front-end body, and body components as
well as interior components such as instrument panels and frame assemblies. They will learn how to
properly prepare for filing, grinding, sanding, and painting the repaired exterior and interior body.
Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician will
- Review damage reports
- Hammer out dents, buckles and defects
- Remove damaged fenders, panels and grills
- Straighten bent frames
- Repair and replace exterior and interior components
Upon graduation, you’ll have a Level One technical training credit and 625 work-based credit hours toward the completion of the Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician apprenticeship program.
Provincial apprenticeship programs
An apprenticeship is a formal written agreement between an employer, an employee and the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Typically, 80–85% of an apprenticeship is work-based training; the rest is technical training in the classroom/shop.
Most apprenticeships take four years. To earn a certificate or ticket, apprentices must complete both work-based training and technical training, including examinations. After working as apprentices for the period specified by the ITA, graduates can write the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination.
Graduates of the Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technicianm Foundation program (Entry Level Trades Training) at CNC receive an ITA Certification of Completion and credit for level one technical training of their apprenticeship. Apprentices and employers must register apprenticeships with the ITA. For application forms or more information, visit itabc.ca or call 1-866-660-6011.
Note: For up-to-date information on dates for all apprenticeship training at CNC, visit tradestrainingbc.ca
Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation Courses
An Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician is a person who repairs, adjusts, and replaces sheet metal and allied parts of automobiles, trucks, and buses. The student will work in a supervised environment and perform basic automotive refinishing repairs, utilizing safety techniques, correct terminology, and a variety of vehicle repair methods in the auto-collision industry. At this level, the student will have solid foundation of automotive repair and paint refinishing.
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1. English Language Arts 10 (minimum “C”) or equivalent.
2. Workplace Mathematics 10 or equivalent.
If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all the admission requirements.
This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a wait list.
Invest in your future
- Tuition: $4,283.64
- Student fees: $807
- Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
- Materials Fee: $405.36
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.