Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation E-pprentice

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Get a full introduction to automotive collision and refinishing by learning to prime, repair, and finish damaged vehicles in a hybrid online/in-shop format. Available to British Columbia high school students.

Tuition: 4490*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 8 0 months
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Offsite Offsite
Start Dates: Nov

What you will learn

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

  • Adhere to industry health and safety standards in the repair and reconditioning of automotive vehicles
  • Maintain tools and equipment to ensure top performance, safety and environmental compliance
  • Perform cutting, welding and heating processes to industry and vehicle manufacturers’ standards
  • Analyze vehicle conditions and documentation to develop organized repair plans
  • Use communication techniques to build and maintain professional industry and customer relations
  • Remove and install vehicle components to manufacturers fit and finish standards
  • Prepare surfaces for refinishing accounting for substrate conditions and manufacturers’ specifications
  • Use repair materials and equipment in preparation for top-coat application in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications
  • Perform top-coating procedures to achieve a variety of original equipment (OE) finishes
  • Remove, repair and install metal panels and components to original contour, fit and finish
  • Remove, repair and install plastic panels and components to original contour, fit and finish
  • Perform automotive detailing tasks and inspect repaired vehicles according to quality assurance standards

What to expect

This program provides a wide range of opportunities for student learning including:

  • Scheduled and self-paced online theory assignments
  • Online group discussions
  • Hands-on practical lessons and lectures in the workplace, school, or VCC facility according to regional agreements.  

Note: Students are required to purchase minimal basic tooland personal protective items early in the program. Approximate cost: $350.00

Admission requirements


  • 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. Regional B.C. School Districts are directed to contact the VCC Auto Collision Repair Department for participation details.
  •  Greater Vancouver area High School students should apply to the Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation Certificate program.
  • See the SkilledTradesBC Youth Train in Trades Program website for details (https://skilledtradesbc.ca/youth-train-in-trades-program).

The following are essential requirements for student success in this program:

  • Applicants must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device;
  • Applicants must be responsive to active communications;
  • Applicants must be self motivated and disciplined to complete online studies on a set schedule;
  • Applicants must posses the ability and willingness to take responsibility for learning assignments issued during work experience sessions.   


Recommended Characteristics

  • Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a service industry;
  • Good hand dexterity for operating equipment and machines;
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instruction;
  • Good general health and respiratory condition;
  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program;
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration;
  • Mechanical aptitude and interest;
  • Good hand-eye coordination;
  • Good eyesight and colour vision;
  • Good line, form and depth perception;
  • Possession of valid BC driver's license.

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee0
Tuition Tuition 4490
Student union64
College initiative130
Campus resource0
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
Program-specific extra fees0

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