Automotive Collision Repair Technician Apprentice

Important information for apprentices

Earn while you learn. Designed for apprentices, this program will allow you to return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set. Auto collision technical training at VCC is designed to meet both the needs of the apprentice and industry by providing a complete and up-to-date training experience.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Level 1 - Nov
Level 2 - Feb, Jun, Sep
Level 3 - Jan
5 weeks per level VCC Transcript Broadway Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

Apprentice training is divided into three levels, typically taken over three years. Level 1 covers shop safety, tools and the fundamentals of auto body construction and repairs. Level 2 advances the apprentice's skills in repairing a wide variety of auto body surfaces. Level 3 completes the training with structural repairs and wheel alignment.

Students train in classrooms and auto body labs in VCC's facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the automotive labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. The college supplies tools and coveralls while the apprentice is a student at VCC. Students must supply their own safety equipment.

An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.

For additional information about the program, call 604.871.7041 or email

Funding/financial support resources:
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Financial Supports
(information about Employment Insurance benefits or personal support payments for apprentices)

Service Canada, apprenticeship program office
4279 Canada Way (at Gilmore)
Burnaby, B.C.
Phone: 1.800.206.7218
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an Apprentice and have received an ITA Identification number.

To determine whether you qualify for apprenticeship training consult the Industry Training Authority.

New apprentices who have successfully completed an ITA approved training program can apply to the Industry Training Centre for credit towards the work-based and technical training requirements of their apprenticeship. Often, successful completion of a trades program or pre-apprentice program significantly reduces the work-based and/or training hours required for the trade.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee No Fee
Tuition Fee Level 1 - $492.00br> Level 2 - $492.00br> Level 3 - $626.00
Student Union Fee $55
College Initiative Fee $13- Level 1 & 2
$15 - Level 3
U-Pass Fee $41 per month
Other Costs
$21 - Campus Resource Fee - Level 1 & 2
$26 - Campus Resource Fee – Level 3
Apprentice Classes are a first pay, first seat registration (where seats are available). If you are already a VCC Apprentice, you are able register directly into your next level through
A $200.00 non refundable deposit is required if you are registering before two months of the start of your class. You will be invoiced with the balance and a due date for payment. Full fees are due if you are registering within two months of the start of class.
If you do not meet the requirements outlined by the ITA for the level you are registering in before one month of the start of class, you will be dropped from the course. It is your responsibility to ensure your ITA transcript is up to date with the Industry Training Authority. .

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.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ACAP 1001) Auto Collision Repair Technician Apprentice Level 1
course schedule schedule
5.5 credits course outline

Term 2

(ACAP 2001) Auto Collision Repair Technician Apprentice Level 2
course schedule schedule
5.5 credits course outline

Term 3

(ACAP 3001) Auto Collision Repair Technician Apprentice Level 3
course schedule schedule
7.0 credits course outline