Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician - High School

This program is designed for people who wish to obtain employment in the Automotive Industry as an Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician. An Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician typically, removes parts, masks, performs chemical cleaning, applies putty, sands, primes, and prepares an automobile, truck or bus for the Automotive Refinishing Technician in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Through practical experience successful students will be able to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom with practical experience of the workplace.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Feb 5 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students, teachers and counsellors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district.

Program Coordinator and applicant complete the Youth in Trades Application and return to youthintrades@vcc.ca

Program Description

Program Description

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe occupational health and safety standards
  2. Perform job tasks in accordance with occupational health and safety standards
  3. Identify and explain spray guns and equipment used in automotive refinishing
  4. Demonstrate the use of the various spray guns
  5. Describe vehicle component considerations
  6. Describe surface preparation processes, conditions, equipment and materials
  7. Identify and describe the function and application of undercoat products
  8. Identify solvents and describe proper handling, functions, and problems associated with use
  9. Identify corrosion and describe corrosion protection procedures, problems, equipment and materials
  10. Identify and describe topcoats
  11. Describe masking procedures and materials
  12. Identify and describe automotive plastics
  13. Demonstrate the repair and refinishing of plastics
  14. Describe trim and strip installation procedures
  15. Describe pre-delivery inspection processes
  16. Describe the importance of and processes for journeyperson upgrading to stay abreast of future trends and technological changes

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The major portion of class time is devoted to the study of theoretical principles through lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers and field trips. Students work individually and in groups and are required to apply their developing skills to provincial standards in our collision repair facility. A segment of the program is set aside for practical student work and competency assessment. Additionally, students receive weekly homework assignments.

Program Duration

This full-time program is 5 months in duration, and must be completed within 3 years.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation is a combination of assessment of practical assignments, projects, theory exam, and/or practical exam.


Graduates receive a VCC Auto Refinishing Prep Technician Certificate.

Additionally, graduates will receive the following credit by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) toward completion of the Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician apprenticeship program:

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: 450 hours

VCC Automotive Refinishing Prep 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.

Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR is not available in this program.

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $1,769
Student Union Fee $55
College Initiative Fee $49
Laundry Fee $198
Uniform Fee $85 refundable Deposit
U-Pass Fee $205
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$67 - Campus Resource Fee
$178 - 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

(ARPT 1140) Occupational Skills and Safety
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1.0 credits  course outline
(ARPT 1153) Shop Experience
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2.5 credits  course outline
(ARPT 1160) Surface Preparation
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5.0 credits course outline
(ARPT 1170) Refinishing Tools and Equipment
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1.5 credits course outline
(ARPT 1180) Technical Information and Documentation
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1.0 credits course outline
(ARPT 1181) Workplace Planning and Scheduling
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1.0 credits course outline
(ARPT 1190) Using Materials and Equipment
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5.0 credits course outline
(ARPT 1195) Vehicle Components and Pre-Delivery
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3.0 credits course outline