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Motor vehicle collision repair technicians restore damage to exterior and interior of motor vehicles.

An automotive collision repair technician's tasks include:

  • Examining vehicles to find out what needs to be fixed and to estimate repair costs.
  • Repairing and replacing doors, front-end body and under-body components.
  • Repairing dents, buckles and other defects, and removing damaged fenders, panels and grills.
  • Straightening bent frames, filing, grinding and sanding repaired body surfaces.
  • Repairing or replacing interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floor board insulation.
  • Using a range of specialty and hand tools, such as pneumatic dent pullers, pulse welders, and specialty body hammers.
  • Inspecting the completed work to test that the vehicle's performance meets required standards.
  • Communicating with customers about what has been done and why, and advising them on general vehicle conditions.

The Program

The program consists of 43 weeks of full-time studies which includes basic theory and related information, along with hands-on shop assignments and practices. The program is laid out in a manner that provides Foundation, or Level 1 apprentice training during the first 30 weeks, followed by 5 weeks of Level 2 apprentice training, and finishing the final 6 weeks with Level 3 apprentice training. Also included in the program is a two week work practicum at an Auto Body Repair Shop after the completion of Level 1 training.

You must be in good physical condition; have good colour vision and be free from respiratory problems; must be non-allergic to paint and thinners. If you have medical or physical difficulties, you should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist, 604-451-6963.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive full credit for technical training requirements in the provincial Automotive Collision Repair Technician Apprenticeship and the Inter-provincial Red Seal Endorsement for Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician.

You will be scheduled to write your foundation exam. The next step is to complete the required workplace hours and submit them to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Once you have all of the required hours submitted, you will be scheduled to write the Inter-provincial Red Seal exam. Please visit the ITA website for more information.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • A driver’s licence is not required to enter the program. However, it is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops.

  • Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963 (telephone interview is acceptable for out of town applicants).

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

International Student Option
International students may want to consider the BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP) as an alternate mode of entry to this program.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$590.00 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0630–1430, four days a week

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  ABOD 1401 Occupational Skills and Safety 2.5
  ABOD 1402 Tools and Equipment 3.5
  ABOD 1403 Oxyacetylene Procedures 2.5
  ABOD 1404 Welding 1 12.5
  ABOD 1405 Sheet Metal Repair 1 14.0
  ABOD 1406 Plastics and Composites 1 9.5
  ABOD 1407 Surface Preparation 9.5
  ABOD 1408 Auto Body Construction and Components 6.0
  ABOD 1409 Practicum 2.0
 
Level 2 Credits
  ABOD 2501 Welding 2 1.0
  ABOD 2502 Sheet Metal Repair 2 7.0
  ABOD 2503 Plastics and Composites 2 1.0
  ABOD 2504 Mechanical Components 1.5
 
Level 3 Credits
  ABOD 3601 Structural Repair 7.0
  ABOD 3602 Suspension and Steering 2.0
  ABOD 3603 Insurance Estimating 0.5
  ABOD 3604 Refinishing 2.5
 
Total Credits: 84.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

43 weeks, full-time

Grading

The passing grade in each course is 70%. All courses must be passed in order to successfully complete the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Students who complete the Automotive Collision Repair Technician Foundation program will receive 625 work-based hours credit towards apprenticeship.

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Contact Us

Randy Sandhu
Chief Instructor
Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing programs
Telephone: 604-456-1044
Email: Randy_Sandhu@bcit.ca

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