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Automotive Collision Repair Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    Level 1 & 2 ($500 each level); Level 3 ($650); call 604.871.7041 or email 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).

Contact VCC for the next opening.

Related Foundation Programs

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:

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint) (Automotive Collision Repair Technician)

ITA Source: 'Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint) (Automotive Collision Repair Technician)' profile.


Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (Metal and Paint) repair, adjust and replace sheet metal and associated parts of cars, trucks and buses.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of three levels totaling 16 weeks. Levels One and Two are 5 weeks each. Level three is 6 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 6750 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves about 225 weeks of training.

Note: due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization initiatives there will changes to this program implemented in 2020. Please review OPSN 2017 016 for details and the update from May 2019.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Occupational Skills and Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Oxyacetylene Procedures
  • Welding
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Surface Preparation
  • Auto Body Construction and Components
  • Mechanical Components
  • Structural Repair
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Insurance Estimating
  • Refinishing



  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Mathematics 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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