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Overview

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This program delivers technical training required for employment as a Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician (metal and paint).

The Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician process requires time spent on the job and in-school training. This apprenticeship program generally takes four years to complete, including 6,750 workplace hours and 480 in-school hours.

After completion of training, students who receive a passing grade on interprovincial exams will be awarded the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship and the Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal Interprovincial Certification.

The Program

For those currently sponsored by an employer, the apprenticeship program includes the following outcomes:

Level Two Apprenticeship Training (five weeks):

  • Welding
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Mechanical Components

Level Three Apprenticeship Training (six weeks):

  • Structural Repair
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Insurance Estimating
  • Refinishing

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

You must be registered as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and be sponsored by an employer to attend apprentice technical training.

Recommended for success

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within two weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter provides instruction on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

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

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.

There is an approved book list for the Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0630-1430, Monday through Thursday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

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

The total amount of in-school, technical training for a Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician Apprentice is 480 hours. There are three levels of technical training: two five-week levels and one six-week level.

Grading

The minimum passing grade is 70%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Upon successful completion of all three levels of BCIT's Motor Vehicle Body Repair Technician program, students will be eligible to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. Upon successful completion of the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam, students will be awarded the following credentials from ITA:

  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Automotive Collision Repair Technician) - Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement

  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Automotive Collision Repair Technician) - Certificate of Apprenticeship

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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