Automotive Collision Repair Technician

Restore dignity to crunched cars. This program offers training in a wide range of skills appropriate to today's advanced automobile collision repair industry. Training is done with modern equipment and the latest techniques. The program is accredited for apprenticeship and graduates receive an industry-respected certificate.

Program Hours: The Automotive Collision Repair Tech Program runs Tueday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Sep 8 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

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Program Description

Program Description

This eight-month program uses modern equipment and techniques to train students in a wide range of skills appropriate to today's advanced automobile collision repair industry. The program is divided into two levels, each containing a number of modules, which are grouped into major competencies.

Term 1

  • Employ automotive body and collision repair welding techniques
  • Describe the evolution of automobile bodies and identify autobody components and parts
  • Identify and describe different shop tools and safety equipment of the autobody repair trade and use them safely
  • Describe the characteristics of automotive fasteners and their typical uses in autobody repair procedures
  • Describe and perform the various methods of fitting, adjusting, overhauling and installing autobody components
  • Describe and employ sheet metal repair techniques
  • Describe and employ the techniques of automotive frame repair
  • Describe the characteristics of the automotive storage battery and its relationship to the electrical components of the automobile
  • Employ refinishing techniques
  • Describe and apply basic paint technology

Term 2

  • Use shop tools and safety equipment of automotive body repair trade
  • Fit and adjust panels in accordance with safety and manufacturers' standards
  • Perform automotive electrical repairs related to collision damage
  • Repair panels
  • Repair minor collision damage
  • Repair major collision damage
  • Prepare vehicle for refinishing

Classes are generally held Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (subject to change).

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Admission Requirements

  • English 10 or equivalent
  • Apprentice and Workplace Math 10 or equivalent; or 80% on the VCC Basic Arithmetic Assessment
  • OR
  • Department Leader approval based on relevant trade experience will be considered


  • Applicants must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.
  • High School students may be eligible to for a Youth Train in Trades Program option. For details on this program please refer to the Auto Collision Repair Technician Certificate (High School).

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,859
Student Union Fee $110
College Initiative Fee $82
Laundry Fee $329
Uniform Fee $85
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $328
Other Costs Material Cost $296 Campus Resourse Fee $114
$21 - Graduation Fees
$110 - Campus Resource Fee
$290 - Material Fee
This program is offered on first pay, first seat basis to all qualified applicants
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program where you will be invoiced the remaining first installment due two months before the start of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required upon acceptance within two months of the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Love cars? Auto collision, refinishing and service techs are in demand. Jump-start your career with VCC's hands-on training programs.

VCC has been a leader in hands-on transportation trades training for more than 50 years, giving graduates the skills to succeed in a demanding job market. Work on real cars in our auto body and auto service shops, and get the skills you need in as little as five months.

Automotive collision repair
Automotive refinishing technician
Automotive service technician

Come for a tour to see our shops, talk with instructors and see the training that regularly earns VCC students top honours in regional skills competitions.

Evening info sessions
Automotive collision and automotive refinishing also holds evening info sessions. Sign up here for evening sessions.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
October 29, 2019 Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ACRT 1115) Plastics and Composites 1
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1.0 credits
(ACRT 1110) Occupational Skills and Safety 1
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2.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1111) Tools and Equipment 1
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1.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1114) Sheet Metal Repair 1
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4.5 credits course outline
(ACRT 1116) Surface Preparation 1
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1117) Construction and Components 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1120) Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 1
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3.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1121) Automotive Detailing
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1.0 credits course outline

Term 2

(ACRT 1205) Transition to Industry
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2.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1210) Occupational Skills and Safety 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1214) Sheet Metal Repair 2
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4.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1215) Plastics and Composites 2
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1216) Surface Preparation 2
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2.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1217) Construction and Components 2
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4.0 credits course outline
(ACRT 1230) Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 2
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits course outline