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Auto Body Technician

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Auto body technicians repair and replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body parts, and interior and exterior finishes.

Journeyperson auto body technicians may specialize in damage appraisal, frame straightening, surface preparation, sheet metal work, and refinishing.

After preparing or reviewing motor vehicle repair estimate reports, auto body technicians:

  • use frame machines to straighten bent frames and unitized bodies,
  • remove badly damaged sections of vehicles (e.g. roof, rear body panels, etc.) and weld in new sections,
  • repair damage to body panels and weld sheet metal,
  • apply masking to the bumpers, windows and trim and use a spray gun to apply primer. The auto body technician will then clean and smooth the surface before applying the finish,
  • repair and/or replace interior and exterior components such as instrument panels, seat frame assemblies, carpets and floorboard insulation, trim panels and mouldings,
  • replace accident damage components in hybrid systems, airbags and restraint systems, and
  • inspect vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure proper alignment and handling.

To be authorized to perform Restricted Activities in this designated trade, a worker must be a sponsored apprentice or a certified journeyperson. For more information, see Classes of Individuals.

Trade Updates

First period classroom instruction increased in September 2017 from 4 to 6 weeks. Refer to Auto Body Technician FYI  from May 2017.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for an auto body technician is 4 years (four 12 month periods). This includes 1620 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction in the first year; 1620 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction in the second year; 1590 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of classroom instruction in the third years; and 1590 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of classroom instruction in the fourth year.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Diploma).
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Auto Body Prepper

Supporting Resources

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Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guides Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.