Motor Vehicle Body Repairer


An Automotive Collision Repair Technician is designated as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer under the Red Seal program.

Prior to beginning repairs, an Automotive Collision Repair Technician prepares or reviews motor vehicle repair estimate reports to determine what needs to be fixed.

During the course of these repairs, collision repair technicians will hammer out dents, buckles and other defects, remove damaged fenders, panels and grills and straighten bent frames. The work may also include repairing and replacing doors, front-end body and body components as well as interior components such as instrument panels and frame assemblies.

This work is done as preparation for filing, grinding, sanding and painting the repaired exterior and interior body surfaces.

Apprentices are required to attend 3 periods of technical training courses, during this 4 year apprenticeship program. 

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson Motor Vehicle Body Repairer. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Level 1 (5 weeks)

  • Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Oxygen/Acetylene Welding
  • Mig Welding
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Surface Preparation
  • Auto Body Construction Components
Level 2 (5 weeks)
  • Mig Welding
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Mechanical Components

Level 3 (6 weeks)

  • Structural Repair
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Insurance and Industry Liaison

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.  
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Motor Vehicle Body Repairer apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 3 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Motor Vehicle Body Repairer. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

How To Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule.

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (local 4880)
Toll Free: 1-800-621-3038
e-mail: dross@okanagan.bc,ca