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

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

Okanagan College

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

Sep 06 2022Jun 01 2023

Automotive Collision Repair/Refinishing

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Sep 06 2022Jun 22 2023

Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technician Foundation

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Sep 06 2022May 12 2023

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

VCC

Broadway Campus

Sep 06 2022May 19 2023

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation (HL)

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

North Island College

Campbell River

Oct 03 2022Jun 02 2023

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Harmonized

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

VCC

Broadway Campus

Jan 03 2023Sep 01 2023

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation (HL)

Institution

Campus

Date

Program

Contact

BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 09 2023Dec 21 2023

Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technician Foundation

© Copyright 2022 Trades Training Consortium of British Columbia. All rights reserved.