Shine bright. Start your career repairing and refinishing damaged vehicles. Earn a recognized trade certificate as you train on real customer cars in a working auto body shop.
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Job openings predicted ‡
|Automotive Collision Repair Technician Automotive Collision Repair Technician||Certificate||3115||80 months||Jan, Sep|
|Automotive Collision Repair Technician – High School Automotive Collision Repair Technician – High School||Certificate||3115||80 months||Feb, Oct|
|Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician||Certificate||1860||50 months||Sep|
|Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician – High School Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician – High School||Certificate||1860||50 months||Feb|
|Automotive Collision Repair Technician Apprentice Automotive Collision Repair Technician Apprentice||Apprenticeship||50 weeks per level||Varies|
|Automotive Collision Repair Technician E-pprentice Automotive Collision Repair Technician E-pprentice||Apprenticeship||00 Varies per level||Varies|
|Automotive Glass Technician E-pprentice Automotive Glass Technician E-pprentice||Apprenticeship||30 weeks||Jan|
|Automotive Paint and Refinishing Technician Apprentice Automotive Paint and Refinishing Technician Apprentice||Apprenticeship||40 weeks||Varies|
|Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Apprentice Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Apprentice||Apprenticeship||40 weeks||Jan|
|Transportation Trades Sampler Transportation Trades Sampler||Short Certificate||1376||3000 hours||Not accepting applications|
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VCC's Collision and Refinishing
More than 75 per cent of your time at VCC is spent working on the auto body shop floor. Projects are done in small teams that simulate the workplace.
VCC’s auto collision and refinishing programs are the biggest in B.C. Regular consultations with car manufacturers and major product suppliers ensure our grads meet the needs of today’s employers.
The VCC auto body shop is outfitted with computer guided frame straighteners, laser measuring systems, the latest welding equipment, and a state-of-the-art downdraft paint booth.
Frequently asked questions
An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a Certificate of Qualification (CoQ), or “ticket” for your trade that is recognized by employers across B.C. Apprentices spend about 80 per cent of their time on the job. That means you earn money while you learn. Most apprenticeships take four years to complete.
What people are saying
I love the atmosphere in here. Students are friendly, teachers are helpful. If you like vehicles, cars, meeting new people, it's a perfect course.
I really enjoyed the up-to-date curriculum and instruction. I loved being able to work on customer vehicles.
I'm a hands-on type of person. I loved automotive in high school. My counselor told me about this program and I loved it.
* All tuition amounts listed are subject to change without notice. Should tuition amounts increase, students are required to pay the increased rates. Additional fees may apply.
Tuition amounts listed are for domestic fee payers. Tuition for international students will vary.
† Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report
‡ Source: B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook