Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Apprentice

Important information for apprentices

Prep for success. This program is for the working auto refinishing prep technician apprentice. Train in classrooms and VCC's well-equipped autobody labs. You will have ample opportunity to practise your skills and to demonstrate your knowledge. Training at VCC is designed to meet the needs of both the apprentice and industry by providing a thorough and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to the industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan 4 weeks VCC Transcript Broadway Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

There is one level of technical training for an auto refinishing preparation apprentice. 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 $350
Student Union Fee $55
College Initiative Fee $10
U-Pass Fee $41 per month
Other Costs
$14 - Campus Resource Fee
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.

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

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ARAP 1001) Auto Refinishing Prep Technician Apprentice
course schedule schedule
4.5 credits course outline