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The Auto Body Repair and Refinishing program is a 40-week offering, which includes a 6-week work practicum, that will open the doors to a career in the auto body industry. The program allows students to gain the fundamental knowledge required to launch a career as a Red Seal Auto Body Collision Repair or Automotive Refinishing Technician, also known as an Automotive Painter. You will then be ready to start your journey as a registered Apprentice, which will prepare you to return to school for level 2 of the traditional apprenticeship pathway.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Technology requirements

  • You will need access to a personal computer with video and microphone for the online portion of your program.
  • See Student Technology and Discounts for general technology recommendations and negotiated discounts from BCIT partners.

Safety in shops

  • Because this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend shop activities in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and shops to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions. This is what we have done for automotive programs.

Services and support

  • Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services and Counselling and Student Development are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Graduates will receive an Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Certificate of Qualification and the following credits:

  • Level 1 Technical Training credit plus 625 hours towards the Harmonized Auto Body and Collision Technician apprenticeship program.
  • Level 1 Technical Training credit plus 450 hours towards Harmonized Automotive Refinishing Technician apprenticeship program.

Technical Training credit will be applied once you become a registered apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

You’ll spend approximately 50% of your on-campus schedule gaining hands-on practice in a spacious and well laid out state-of-the-art auto body shop outfitted with the latest equipment. Classroom and shop instruction will be facilitated by faculty with years of industry experience, who are committed to helping you succeed and maximize your skills. Faculty will also assist students with practicum placements at various collision repair facilities throughout the lower mainland.

Topics covered will include:

  • Occupational Skills and Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Welding
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Surface Preparation
  • Auto Body Construction and Components

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Contact Us

Randy Sandhu
Program Head
Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing programs
Telephone: 604-456-1044

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