Automotive Refinishing Technician

Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority link, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.

Automotive Refinishing Technicians paint and refinish the surfaces of motor vehicles, whether it's a result of a collision, restoration work or a custom-design paint job. Technicians are involved in removing layers of old coatings, matching colours and mixing paints, preparing surfaces for painting by spot filling, sanding, and masking; applying primers, sealers, base coats, protective coatings, and cleaning and polishing painted surfaces.

Technicians may work in close contact with Auto Body and Collision Technicians who tend to work in multi-shop businesses, independent or dealership auto-body and collision shops. Their duties may overlap with Auto Body and Collision Technicians’ duties, particularly in small shops. Refinishing Technicians may also work as specialists after body repairs have been completed.

Automotive Refinishing Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Recommendations

The following education is recommended: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.

 

The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of a common Level 1 for both Automotive Collision and Refinishing trades, with the in-school portion taking 7 weeks (210 hours) to complete. This is followed by Level 2, requiring 3 weeks (90 hours) of in-school training. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 3,300 hours of work-based training.

 

The Foundation program —formerly called “Automotive Refinishing Prep. Technician”— can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2 (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative pathways into the occupation).

TRADE TRAINING PROGRAM TYPES

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Campus

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VCC

Broadway Campus

Sep 12 2022Sep 30 2022

Auto Refinishing Apprenticeship (HL)

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VCC

Broadway Campus

Oct 31 2022Dec 16 2022

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Apprentice (HL)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Nov 08 2022Dec 23 2022

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Common Core Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Nov 21 2022Dec 09 2022

Automotive Refinishing Technician Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 09 2023Feb 24 2023

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Common Core Apprentice (Harmonized)

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

VCC

Broadway Campus

Feb 13 2023Mar 31 2023

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Apprentice (HL)

INSTITUTIONS THAT OFFER THE PROGRAM BUT HAVE NO ACTIVELY SCHEDULED INTAKES

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

May 03 2021Jun 18 2021

Automotive Collision and Refinishing (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Jun 06 2022Jun 30 2022

Automotive Painter

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