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Automotive Paint and Refinishing: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $524; call 604.871.7041 or email the Department for more details
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: 604.871.7041 or email
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact 604.871.7041 or email

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
Broadway Campus

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Not ready for an apprenticeship program? These Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) programs may be of interest:

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Automotive Painter (Automotive Refinishing Technician)

ITA Source: 'Automotive Painter (Automotive Refinishing Technician)' profile.


Automotive Painters (called Automotive Refinishing Technicians, effective April 1, 2021) work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in restoring vehicle finishes once body work is completed.  They may work closely (or overlap) with Auto Body and Collision Technicians. Restoration work or custom-design paint jobs are also part of this occupation. They may work in the automotive, truck and transport, commercial transport, heavy equipment, motorcycle, specialty vehicle, aviation and aerospace sectors. 
The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes two years to complete.

Effective April 1, 2021 the Technical Training has two levels. The Common Core Level One requires 210 hours and Level Two requires 90 hours. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training provider. It can also be met through approved alternative training models (i.e. distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge where these options are available.

The work-based training totals 3300 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 110 weeks of training.

Note: Due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization initiative the changes to this program will be effective April 1, 2021.  For details please view OPSN 2020 006 . 

Training Content

Training modules are:
  • Perform Safety Related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Use Welding Equipment
  • Organize Work and Use Documentation
  • Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
  • Remove and Install Vehicle Components
  • Prepare Surface
  • Use Repair Materials and Equipment
  • Apply Refinishing Materials
  • Perform Post-Refinishing Functions
  • Remove, Repair, and Install Metal Panels and Components
  • Remove, Repair, and Install Plastic Panels and Components
  • Detail Exterior


  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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