Automotive Collision and Refinishing


Learn top skills and techniques used to restore damaged vehicles including bodywork, refinishing, painting, and auto glass repair.

Tuition: 38909*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-automotive-collision-refinishing.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sep

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.

Admission requirements


  • 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.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • 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.

Courses *

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.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

11900 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 38909
Student union283
College initiative195
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource390
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)85
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 570
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 644
Program-specific extra fees0

This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.

Apply now

Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
May 2025
(Spring/Summer term)
June 01, 2024
Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • 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.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.

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