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Automotive Collision Repair Technician

Restore dignity to crunched cars. This program offers training in a wide range of skills appropriate to today's advanced automobile collision repair industry. Training is done with modern equipment and the latest techniques. The program is accredited for apprenticeship and graduates receive an industry-respected certificate.

Program Status: Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January, September 8 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and fax to 604.443.8450 Visit us at one of our campus locations.

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Program Description

Program Description

This eight-month program uses modern equipment and techniques to train students in a wide range of skills appropriate to today's advanced automobile collision repair industry. The program is divided into two levels, each containing a number of modules, which are grouped into major competencies.

Term 1

  • Employ automotive body and collision repair welding techniques
  • Describe the evolution of automobile bodies and identify autobody components and parts
  • Identify and describe different shop tools and safety equipment of the autobody repair trade and use them safely
  • Describe the characteristics of automotive fasteners and their typical uses in autobody repair procedures
  • Describe and perform the various methods of fitting, adjusting, overhauling and installing autobody components
  • Describe and employ sheet metal repair techniques
  • Describe and employ the techniques of automotive frame repair
  • Describe the characteristics of the automotive storage battery and its relationship to the electrical components of the automobile
  • Employ refinishing techniques
  • Describe and apply basic paint technology

Term 2

  • Use shop tools and safety equipment of automotive body repair trade
  • Fit and adjust panels in accordance with safety and manufacturers' standards
  • Perform automotive electrical repairs related to collision damage
  • Repair panels
  • Repair minor collision damage
  • Repair major collision damage
  • Prepare vehicle for refinishing

Classes are generally held Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (subject to change).




Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Graduation from an appropriate career preparation program or meet English and math requirements (English 11 or Communications 12 or equivalent), including a Canadian Language Benchmark of Listening 7, Speaking 6, Reading 6, and Writing 4
  • Math 10 or equivalent.
  • Relevant trade experience is considered.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,748
Student Union Fee $59
College Initiative Fee $79
Laundry Fee $316
Uniform Fee $85
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $316
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$110 - Campus Resource Fee
$285 - Material Fee
This program is offered on first pay, first seat basis to all qualified applicants
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program where you will be invoiced the remaining first installment due two months before the start of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required upon acceptance within two months of the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Love cars? Auto collision, refinishing and service techs are in demand. Jump-start your career with VCC's hands-on training programs.

VCC has been a leader in hands-on transportation trades training for more than 50 years, giving graduates the skills to succeed in a demanding job market. Work on real cars in our auto body and auto service shops, and get the skills you need in as little as five months.

Automotive collision repair
Automotive refinishing technician
Automotive service technician

Come for a tour to see our shops, talk with instructors and see the training that regularly earns VCC students top honours in regional skills competitions.

Evening info sessions
Automotive collision and automotive refinishing also holds evening info sessions. Sign up here for evening sessions.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
December 6, 2016 Tuesday 11 - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway
December 13, 2016 Tuesday 11 - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway
December 13, 2016 Tuesday 11 - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway


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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

Automotive Detailing 1 (ACRT 1118)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Construction and Components 1 (ACRT 1117)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
MIG Welding 1 (ACRT 1113)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
Occupational Skills and Safety 1 (ACRT 1110)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Oxy-Acetylene Welding (ACRT 1112)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Plastics and Composites 1 (ACRT 1115)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Sheet Metal Repair 1 (ACRT 1114)
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
Surface Preparation 1 (ACRT 1116)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
Tools and Equipment 1 (ACRT 1111)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits


Term 2

Automotive Detailing 2 (ACRT 1218)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Construction and Components 2 (ACRT 1217)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
MIG Welding 2 (ACRT 1213)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
Occupational Skills and Safety 2 (ACRT 1210)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Oxy-Acetylene Welding 2 (ACRT 1212)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Plastics and Composites 2 (ACRT 1215)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
Sheet Metal Repair 2 (ACRT 1214)
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
Surface Preparation 2 (ACRT 1216)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
Tools and Equipment 2 (ACRT 1211)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits