Full-time Certificate 1140cert

Overview

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

A motor vehicle body repair technician's tasks include:

  • Examining vehicles to find out what needs to be replaced or repaired as per the damage appraisal form or shop work order.
  • 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.
  • Replacing interior components, such as dash pads, seat belt assemblies, airbag components and interior trim.
  • Using a range of specialty and hand tools, such as aluminum 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 32 weeks of full-time studies which includes theory and related information, along with hands-on shop assignments and practices. This program provides Foundation, or Level 1, apprentice training.  The Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician Foundation also includes a two-week work practicum at an auto body repair shop halfway through the program.

You must be in good physical condition, have good colour vision, be free from respiratory problems and 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 with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive full credit for Level 1 technical training requirements in the provincial Motor Vehicle Body Repair Apprenticeship.

You will be scheduled to write your foundation exam at the end of the program. The next step is to find employment as a motor vehicle body repair apprentice to complete the required workplace hours to enter Level 2 and Level 3 in-school apprenticeship training. Once you have all of the required hours, you will be scheduled to write the Inter-provincial Red Seal exam. Please visit the Industry Training Authority website for more information.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

International applicants:

This program accepts applications from international students; however, international students are not eligible to continue to an apprenticeship training program.

To learn more about international study at BCIT, visit the International Student Centre.

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 strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops.

  • Potential applicants 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 accepts only 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.

myCommunication

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

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four 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 per week

Program matrix

Required Courses: 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 2.5
 
Total Credits: 62.5

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

32 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

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.

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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Contact:
Randy Sandhu
Chief Instructor
Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing programs

Telephone: 604-456-1044
Email: Randy_Sandhu@bcit.ca