Automotive Collision Repair Technician - High School

Work on cars while earning high school credits. By the time you graduate from high school, you could be skilled in the automotive collision repair trade and ready to work and start an apprenticeship. VCC partners with secondary schools in the Lower Mainland to provide exciting career exploration and skill training programs.

Program Status:
Accepting applications Contact your career program coordinator for your school district

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Feb, Oct 8 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students are directed to contact the career program coordinator or administrator for their school district.
Applicants are invited to meet with two members of their school district and the head of VCC's auto collision department. This interview, which takes place in a high school within the school district, screens applicants as to their suitability for the program. Applicants are asked to bring a resume and letter of reference from a school counsellor or teacher to the interview.
Applicants are required to attend an information session at the Broadway campus. Parents and teachers are welcome.
Successful candidates will complete a VCC application and register for September.

After interview and information session are complete the School District program Coordinator and applicant complete the Youth in Trades Application and return to youthintrades@vcc.ca

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

Students of this program will receive:

  1. Entry level trades training in automotive collision repair.
  2. College credits resulting in a VCC automotive collision repair technician certificate.
  3. 480 hours of work-based training credits towards Level 1 apprenticeship.
  4. An opportunity to write the Level 1 technical exam.
  5. Secondary school graduation credits.
  6. An eight-week industry work practicum. The objective of the work experience is to place students in a challenging work environment requiring the application of the skills learned in the program. Students work side-by-side with a certified journey person.

Classes are generally held Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (subject to change).

This program is eligible for Youth in Trades funding The Youth in Trades program provides secondary school districts with funds to pay tuition and other costs associated with industry training. The financial support provided by the Youth in Trades program may be used by school districts to financially assist individual secondary school students with paying for college while still attending high school. As funding from the Youth in Trades program may not cover all costs to attend college, students should check with their school or district as to the portion of the fees/costs they may be expected to pay.

VCC Automotive Collision Repair Technician scholarship information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested BC secondary school students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See the ITA Youth Train in Trades Program website for details (http://youth.itabc.ca/programs/train/)


  • Applicants must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,748
Student Union Fee $110
College Initiative Fee $79
Uniform Fee $85.00 - Deposit
U-Pass Fee $316.00
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$110 - Campus Resource Fee
$285 - Material Fee

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

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

Do you love cars? Start your career today in automotive collision repair or automotive refinishing.

We're offering special evening info sessions and tours of our Broadway campus auto shop. See where students learn practical, hands-on skills and talk to faculty about your career opportunities.

Morning info sessions available
We also have info sessions every Tuesday morning. Sign up here for the morning sessions.

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

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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ACRT 1115) Plastics and Composites 1
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1.0 credits
(ACRT 1110) Occupational Skills and Safety 1
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2.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1111) Tools and Equipment 1
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1.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1114) Sheet Metal Repair 1
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4.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1116) Surface Preparation 1
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1117) Construction and Components 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1120) Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1121) Automotive Detailing
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1.0 credits course outline

Term 2

(ACRT 1210) Occupational Skills and Safety 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1215) Plastics and Composites 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1224) Sheet Metal Repair 2
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3.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1226) Surface Preparation 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1227) Construction and Components 2
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2.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1240) Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1290) Industry Work Experience
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7.0 credits course outline