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Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level Apprenticeship
  • Tuition
    $440 per level
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    Contact: 1.800.621.3038
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact:
    Contact Tracy Harrison, Apprenticeship Manager Assistant 250.762.5445 (loc 4347)
Application Deadline Advice
Applications may be submitted starting on February 1 for entry in the subsequent 10 months. Early application is strongly recommended.
Training Schedule

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Level: 01
1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Training schedule provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium

Related Foundation Programs

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

Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician

Source: 'Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician' profile on BC ITA.


Automotive Refinishing Prep Technicians are responsible for preparing cars, trucks and buses so that an Automotive Refinishing Technician can apply paint applications. This includes removing parts, performing chemical cleaning, applying putty, sanding, and priming the vehicle.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes one year to complete.

The technical training is four weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 1680 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves about 56 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Occupational Skills and Safety
  • Guns and Equipment
  • Vehicle Components
  • Surface Preparation
  • Undercoats
  • Solvents
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Topcoat Materials
  • Paint Problems and Repairs
  • Masking Procedures
  • Automotive Plastics
  • Pre-Delivery
  • Future Trends and Technological Changes



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


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Related Occupations

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

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