Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Foundation Program
Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $3,875
START DATE: Fall 2019
  • In Class
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


The 30-week Motor Vehicle Body Repair (Autobody) program is one of four automotive trades offered at CNC. These are:

  • Motor Vehicle Body Repair (Autobody)
  • Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician (Paint prep)
  • Automotive Service Technician (Preventative maintenance & Repair)
  • Automotive Glass Technician (Auto Glass)

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

  • 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 Motor Vehicle Body Repair apprenticeship program.

Governing bodies

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 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 or call 1-866-660-6011.

Note: For up-to-date information on dates for all apprenticeship training at CNC, visit

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer Courses

Work with all makes and models of vehicles, prepare vehicle repair estimate reports and determine what needs to be repaired. 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.

Motor Vehicle Body Repair: Program Outline


Locations & Dates

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Fall 2019 Prince George In Class 30 weeks

Entry Requirements

The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.

  1. Grade 10 with English 10
  2. Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 or Trades Math 041 or Math 030

Students who do not meet the above requirement, and think they may be admissible as a mature student should consult a CNC counsellor/advisor.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Selection process

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.

  1. The letter grade for English 10, English 030 or Communications 11 or equivalent will contribute its actual points to the selection process: e.g., “A” = 4.0, “B+” = 3.33, etc.
  2. The letter grade for Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10, Math 030, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 or Math 030 or equivalent, will contribute its actual points to the selection process: e.g., “A” = 4.0, “B+” = 3.33, etc.
  3. The mechanical reasoning portion of the Student Readiness Assessment will be awarded a maximum of 5 points.
  4. The English portion of the Student Readiness Assessment will be awarded a maximum of 1 point.
  5. The Math portion of the Student Readiness Assessment will be awarded a maximum of 1 point.
  6. Credit in one or more trades-related courses at the Grade 12 level with a grade of “B” or higher, or successful completion of any foundation-level trades training program or documented experience of one year in a trade will be awarded 3 points.
  7. Credit in any of the following: English 11, Principles of Math 11, or equivalents, or Trades Math 042 with a “C” grade or higher will be awarded 3 points.
  8. Credit for submitting a resumé and personal handwritten statement indicating their reasons for wishing to enter this program will be awarded a maximum of 3 points.

Maximum points = 24

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $3,875.
  • Tuition: $2,594
  • Student fees: $807
  • Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
  • Tool Deposit: $200 (Refundable)       

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.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.

International Fees

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.