Learn top skills and techniques used to restore damaged vehicles including bodywork, refinishing, painting, and auto glass repair.
What you will learn
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to perform at an apprentice level automotive refinishing, automotive glass or automotive collision technician to provincial standards
- Evaluate completed repairs for consistency, accuracy and quality according to industry specifications and standards
- Adhere to industry health and safety standards in the repair and reconditioning of automotive vehicles
- Practice professional etiquette and personal hygiene while performing repairs
- Work effectively as a team member while performing repairs
What to expect
The Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma provides a wide range of opportunities for student learning in classroom, shop and workplace settings. In addition to hands-on practical experience at VCC’s own state of the art automotive collision repair and refinishing facility, instructional activities such as lectures, demonstrations, group work, peer assessment, reflective journals, and project based learning strategies are used throughout the program. Students progress through courses in four semesters, each of which requiring successful completion for advancement to the next level.
- English 10 or Academic IELTS 5.0 overall (no band less than 4.5) or TOEFL iBT 60 or equivalent
- High-school graduation certificate or equivalent
- Apprentice and Workplace Math 10 or equivalent
- Department Leader approval based on relevant trade experience.
- Applicants must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a service industry;
- Good hand dexterity for operating equipment and machines;
- Command of oral and written English;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction;
- Good general health and respiratory condition;
- Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program;
- Ability to tolerate noise and vibration;
- Mechanical aptitude and interest;
- Good hand-eye coordination;
- Good eyesight and colour vision;
- Good line, form and depth perception;
- Possession of valid driver's license.
Program general hours
Classes for Year 1 students will run between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday for a total of 30 hours a week. Classes for Year 2 students will run between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday for a total of 25 hours a week.
Students will be expected to attend classes in the cohort schedules that are assigned to them. Class times are subject to change.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.
|ACRD 1100||Workplace Skills and Safety||2.5|
|ACRD 1105||Tools and Equipment||2.5|
|ACRD 1135||Detailing 1||1|
|ACRD 1130||Communication Skills 1||3.5|
|ACRD 1140||Welding, Cutting and Heating Steel 1||3.5|
|ACRD 1150||Construction and Components 1||3|
|ACRD 1155||Estimating, Planning and Scheduling 1||1|
|ACRD 1200||Sheet Metal Repair||4|
|ACRD 1205||Advanced Sheet Metal Repairs||3|
|ACRD 1210||Plastics and Composites||1|
|ACRD 1220||Construction and Components 2||3|
|ACRD 1230||Communication Skills 2||3.5|
|ACRD 1240||Welding, Cutting and Heating Steel 2||1|
|ACRD 1255||Estimating, Planning and Scheduling 2||1|
|ACRD 2130||Trade Practice 1||3|
|ACRD 2135||Detailing 2||1|
|ACRD 2140||Refinishing Tools and Equipment||1|
|ACRD 2145||Surface Preparation and Masking||4|
|ACRD 2155||Estimating, Planning and Scheduling 3||2.5|
|ACRD 2150||Using Refinishing Materials and Equipment||4|
|ACRD 2230||Trade Practice 2||3|
|ACRD 2236||Auto Glass Repair and Replacement||3|
|ACRD 2240||Advanced Refinishing||3|
|ACRD 2250||Mechanical and Electrical Systems||5|
|ACRD 2255||Estimating, Planning and Scheduling 4||1|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Tuition Deposit: $11,500 ($5,000 non-refundable)
Tuition deposits are payable usually within two weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||550|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.
OPEN DATE APPLICATION STATUS*
- Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
- Closed: Applications are not accepted.
- For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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