Automotive Refinishing Technician Apprenticeship

Campus Kelowna
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Apprenticeship
Notes

Formerly known as the Automotive Painter Apprenticeship program.

As of April 1, 2021, apprentices who complete Automotive Collision and Refinishing common core Level 1 can enter Level 2 of the Automotive Refinishing Technician Apprenticeship.

Level 1: 7 weeks
Level 2: 3 weeks

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Apprenticeship Description

Automotive Refinishing Technicians work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily restoring vehicle finishes once body work has been completed.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are dependent on the apprenticeship level you are entering.

Program Details

Program outline

  • fire and safety
  • paint guns and equipment
  • handling of vehicle components
  • surface preparation
  • solvents
  • restoring corrosion protection
  • understanding topcoat materials
  • characteristics of chemical additives
  • theory of colour
  • paint repairs
  • tri-coat applications
  • finessing
  • paint problems
  • treatment of plastics
  • management of VOC regulations
  • future trends of the 21st century

Textbooks, Supplies and Equipment

The apprenticeship textbook is Collision Repair and Refinishing: a Foundation Course for Technicians ($224.79). 5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store. Please see below for a list of contact numbers by campus or order online.

Required supplies:

  • coveralls
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots
  • cartridge respirator
  • binder
  • government-issued photo ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver's licence, BCID or valid passport). Note, a student card is not acceptable.

OC will supply eye and hearing protection as well as tools.

Level 1 Harmonized program outline

  • perform safety-related functions
  • use tools and equipment
  • use welding equipment
  • organize work and use documentation
  • use communication and mentoring techniques
  • remove and install vehicle components
  • prepare surface
  • use repair materials and equipment
  • apply refinishing materials
  • remove, repair and install metal panels and components
  • remove, repair and Install plastic and composite panels and components
  • detail exterior

Tuition and fees

  • Tuition only: $816.62
  • Ancillary fees - College: $91.56
  • Ancillary fees - student association: $29.19
  • Health and dental: N/A
  • Total: $937.37

Textbooks, supplies and equipment

The apprenticeship textbook is Collision Repair and Refinishing: a Foundation Course for Technicians ($224.79). 5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store. Please see below for a list of contact numbers by campus or order online.

Required supplies:

  • coveralls
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots
  • cartridge respirator
  • binder
  • government-issued photo ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver's licence, BCID or valid passport). Note, a student card is not acceptable.

OC will supply eye and hearing protection as well as tools.

Level 2 Harmonized program outline

  • Use tools and equipment
  • Organize work and use documentation
  • Use communication and mentoring techniques
  • Prepare surface
  • Use repair materials and equipment
  • Apply refinishing material
  • Perform post-refinishing functions

Tuition and fees

  • Tuition only: $349.98
  • Ancillary fees - College: $40.05
  • Ancillary fees - student association: $12.51
  • Health and dental: N/A
  • Total: $402.54

Textbooks, supplies and equipment

The apprenticeship textbook is Collision Repair and Refinishing: a Foundation Course for Technicians ($224.79). 5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store. Please see below for a list of contact numbers by campus or order online.

Required supplies:

  • coveralls
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots
  • cartridge respirator
  • binder
  • government-issued photo ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver's licence, BCID or valid passport). Note, a student card is not acceptable.

OC will supply eye and hearing protection as well as tools.

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Admission Requirements

  • Must be registered as an apprentice with ITA BC.
  • Must be working for an employer with at least one qualified journeyperson.

Not registered as an apprentice? Ask your employer to register you as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). It’s free, simple and can be completed within a few minutes online or printed and mailed to the ITA Head Office. More details can be found at www.itabc.ca.

 

Financial Incentives

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant provides direct support to apprentices in the first two years of an approved apprenticeship training program (Red Seal trades). The taxable grant is $1,000 for Level 1 and $1,000 for Level 2. This grant is only available after you have completed the specified level of technical training and have a specific number of work-based hours on your ITA transcript.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $3,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade. Apprentices can apply twice; once after their first year of training, and one more time after their second year.

Note: this grant is not available to students in the Professional Cook and/or Baker Apprenticeship programs.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade.

WorkBC Apprenticeship Supports

Apprentice financial supports are available to eligible apprentices while they’re completing their classroom apprenticeship training. Apprentices may be able for supports which cover costs such as child card, transportation, disability, and more. Once an apprentice completes the WorkBC application online, a 16-digit reference code will be emailed to them. Use the 16-digit reference code for the Service Canada EI application. 

Service Canada EI Application

Apprentices attending full-time technical training (sometimes referred to as block-release training), they may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while unemployed and attending your course. Refer to the Service Canada website for application details.

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training. The purpose of the CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with loans to assist with the costs to attend technical training.

The LNG Canada Trades Training Fund is available for application by employers on behalf of their apprentices who are high-demand trades. Funding can be requested for apprenticeship training, foundation training as well as specialized, technical and managerial training. Only small companies with 20 employees or less, who are supporting apprenticeship in the demand trades, are eligible.

The federal government will now provide tax recognition for the costs that many employed tradespeople incur to provide their own tools in their employment duties. A deduction (up to a maximum of $500/year) will be allowed for the total cost of new tools acquired by an employed tradesperson in a tax year in excess of $1000. Employer will need to certify that the employee is required to obtain those tools for use in employment activities.

Apprentices who complete their third and four year of any apprenticeship program may be eligible for a tax credit. The apprentice will receive the tax credit when they file their annual income taxes. Apprentices will be eligible for a tax credit of $2,000 for completing Level 3 and a credit for $2,500 for completing Level 4 of any apprenticeship. For more information visit www.sbr.gov.bc.ca

Your T2202A tax form is available online via myOkanagan on the last day of February.
To access your tax form:

  1. Login to myOkanagan
  2. Username: 300XXXXXX@stu.oc
  3. Password: birthdate (mmddyyyy) (you will be asked to update your password the first time you login)
  4. Click the "T2202A Tax Form" link under Online Services

If you have any problems accessing your myOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 1-866-839-4032 or complete an online myOkanagan password reset request.

 

 

Additional Information

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View the Tuition and Fees page

 

 

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