The 30-week Motor Vehicle Body Repair (Autobody) program is one of four automotive trades offered at CNC. These are:
If you love cars, this is a chance to work with all makes and models. If you are mechanically inclined, a critical thinker, good at task planning and organization, you may want to consider a career in motor vehicle body repair.
This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin your apprenticeship pathway as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.
Upon successful completion of the foundation program, and passing ITA's Level 1 Certificate of Qualification exam, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Motor Vehicle Body Repair. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen trade.
Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.
Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
Upon graduation, you’ll have a Level One technical training credit and 625 work-based credit hours toward the completion of the Motor Vehicle Body Repair apprenticeship program.
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 Motor Vehicle Body Repair 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
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The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.
Students who do not meet the above requirement, and think they may be admissible as a mature student should consult a CNC counsellor/advisor.
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Students are encouraged to submit a resumé and handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program as well as complete two pre-Trades evaluations: a test of mechanical reasoning skills, and the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT). Both of these items are included in the selection criteria listed below and will be awarded points.
If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below.
Maximum points = 24
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.
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Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.
The estimated cost for this program is $11,400.
This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.