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Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer

Learn more about this trade on the alis website.

  • Wage and Salary
  • Job Postings
  • Duties and Working Conditions
  • Interests, Abilities, Traits, and Skills
  • Career Advancement

Auto body technicians in the auto body repairer branch of the trade do damage appraisals, frame and unibody structural repairs, body sheet-metal work, plastic repairs, component replacement and alignment. In the past repairer specialists used heavy frame machines and simple gauges to repair heavy collision damage.  Today auto body repairers rely on precise factory specification charts and use sophisticated measuring and repair systems to restore damaged vehicles.  Virtually all passenger vehicles manufactured today employ unibody or monoconoque construction where each body panel contributes to the integral strength of the vehicle, maximizing passenger protection.  Supplemental restraint systems such as air bags and seat belts form a significant portion of the auto body repairer's workload. Auto body repairers are responsible for restoring the structural integrity of damaged vehicles during the repair process.  This generally involves cutting away damaged components and welding in new or recycled replacement components.  Precise work is critical to restore the vehicle to its pre-damaged condition and to ensure that suspension and steering components are accurately aligned.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices, and
  • Certified Journeypersons.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for an auto body repairer is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1620 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction in the first year, 1590 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of classroom instruction in each of the second and third years.
  • 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.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on: Work Experience The requirements for an Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer are:

  • A minimum of 54 months AND 7,200 hours of work experience.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • Two successful practical exams
    • $78.00 (Exam A) and
    • $108.00 (Exam B).

Recognized Credentials The requirements for an Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • Two successful practical exams:
    • $78.00 (Exam A) and
    • $108.00 (Exam B).

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
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 Guide 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.
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.


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