Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Apprenticeship


"Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician" means a person who 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.

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.​
  • Those wishing to enter the apprenticeship program must be working with a qualified journeyperson in the collision repair trade. Once the employer agrees to take on the apprentice, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up an agreement for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Apprentices are required to attend 4 weeks of technical training courses during this 1-year apprenticeship.
  • Personal Safety
  • Guns and Equipment
  • Handling of Vehicle Components
  • Surface Preparation
  • Solvents
  • Undercoats
  • Solvents
  • Restoring Corrosion Protection
  • Understanding Topcoat Materials
  • Paint Repairs
  • Paint Problems
  • Masking Procedures
  • Treatment of Automotive Plastics
  • Pre Delivery
  • Future Trends and Technological Changes

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of training, graduates will write the Certificate of Qualification Examination.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician.  Graduates of this trade can continue to pursue training as an Automotive Painter.

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
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