Shine bright. Start your career repairing and refinishing damaged vehicles. Earn a recognized trade certificate as you train on real customer cars in a working auto body shop.


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VCC's Collision and Refinishing

Hands-on training

More than 75 per cent of your time at VCC is spent working on the auto body shop floor. Projects are done in small teams that simulate the workplace.

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Industry reputation

VCC’s auto collision and refinishing programs are the biggest in B.C. Regular consultations with car manufacturers and major product suppliers ensure our grads meet the needs of today’s employers.

VCC COLLISION AND REFINISHING student spraying paint on a car

Top technology 

The VCC auto body shop is outfitted with computer guided frame straighteners, laser measuring systems, the latest welding equipment, and a state-of-the-art downdraft paint booth.

World-class facility

Collision and refinishing facility

Collision and refinishing facility

Collision and refinishing facility

Collision and refinishing facility

Collision and refinishing facility

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Frequently asked questions

Collision repair and refinishing technicians know what makes a car look good. They appreciate top makes and models, and always notice custom bodywork and paint. They like working with their hands, using different kinds of tools, being creative, and making things look better than new.
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No. Apprenticeships can be started during high school, after graduation, or at any point in your career. VCC offers pre-apprenticeship training (foundation) programs in many in-demand trades. Apprentices must find an employer to sponsor and train them as they complete the higher apprenticeship levels.

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a Certificate of Qualification (CoQ), or “ticket” for your trade that is recognized by employers across B.C. Apprentices spend about 80 per cent of their time on the job. That means you earn money while you learn. Most apprenticeships take four years to complete.

The Red Seal program provides an interprovincial endorsement of excellence in the skilled trades. A Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is a stamp of approval on the competence of a tradesperson and is recognized by employers across Canada, without further examination. Skilled tradespersons obtain an RSE on their provincial trades certificates by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination.

What people are saying

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I love the atmosphere in here. Students are friendly, teachers are helpful. If you like vehicles, cars, meeting new people, it's a perfect course.
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I really enjoyed the up-to-date curriculum and instruction. I loved being able to work on customer vehicles.
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I'm a hands-on type of person. I loved automotive in high school. My counselor told me about this program and I loved it.
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