Trades and Technology
Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing certificate
Entry-level trades training
At UFV, we can put students on the road towards a career as an Automotive
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician. The program will prepare students for
entry into the automotive collision repair and refinishing industry. Successful
completion may also provide students with advanced placement into the Autobody
Repair or Refinishing Apprenticeship program. Students will get a thorough
introduction to the trade and develop skills expected by employers. Students
will have the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge on most systems used on
Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality
and good work habits are essential. This program can ladder into the B.C.
apprenticeship system, following the National Occupational Analysis.
Concurrent studies option
UFV allows high school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their grade 12 year. For more information, contact your disctrict/school career counsellor. You may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared for
employment opportunities in areas such as auto body shops, independent shops,
and specialty shops such as restoration or custom hot rods, fleet shops,
fabrication shops, and marine industries.
1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
2. Successful completion of a math and reading comprehension entrance exam.
When to apply
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space.
See Continuous application
process for more information.
How to apply
1. Submit a UFV application form, along with the $45 application fee, to the
Office of the Registrar. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office. Applicants currently in Grade 12 may apply during
their Grade 12 year. A statement from the school counsellor or principal,
indicating that they are likely to meet graduation requirements by June, must be
presented at the time of entrance exam appointments.
2. Applicants will be notified of entrance exam dates by the Trades & Technology
Centre. There is no fee for writing these exams. Applicants who have not been
contacted within two weeks of submission of their applications should call
3. Read the program description and information carefully. If you require more information, please contact the Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email@example.com.
4. Prior to classes starting in September, applicants will be notified by
telephone of the registration procedures. Applicants who cannot be reached by
telephone after three attempts will be removed from the wait list.
Fees and other expenses
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing students should also budget
approximately $750 for required tools, $200 for textbooks, and $400 for
appropriate working apparel.
Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which
typically takes place one or two months before the start of each semester. The
balance of fees must be paid by the second week of the semester.
A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time
before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official
if/when the statement is required.
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program is offered at the
Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops are in session between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Dates and attendance requirements
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program starts in September and
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program requires continuous
attendance through all three semesters to successfully complete all requirements
for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week
for the duration of the entire program.
Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their
individual program guides may be subject to a failing grade or academic warning.
See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79) and Attendance policy (62).
Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to
receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.
Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the
end of May can apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program the
following year. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must
complete all program requirements no later than May of the following year. See
upgrading policy for more details.
Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form. We
recommend this be done at the beginning of the final semester.
Trades & Technology students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning. See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79).
Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Trades & Technology students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)
If a student wishes not to continue or return for the next semester, the Trades Centre will advise Admissions & Records and initiate a withdrawal from the student’s current Trades program.
Required to withdraw (failed grades)
Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program.
Required to withdraw (academic warning)
Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with any of the following UFV policies: Academic Warning policy (79), Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the
industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in
specific processes or techniques.
An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 15 weeks. Upgrading
students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.
Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous
enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.
Students who begin a Trades program, but withdraw before completing the program,
may contact the department to request re-entry provided their absence is less
than two years. Re-entry is subject to space availability.
Students who are absent more than two years will be required to apply for
An application for admission form and application fee will be required
Trades & Technology entrance exams will need to be retaken
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program starts in September and
ends in May. Students must show that they understand the theory by successfully completing a
written test for each unit. They must then apply their knowledge to demonstrate an acceptable level of
practical skills as assigned in that unit. The learning materials may include printed handouts, worksheets, videoclips,
display boards, lab manuals, and written instructions.
At regular stages, students will be required to perform various tasks in order
to develop their practical skills. As much as possible, study and lab instruction is patterned after on-the-job
situations where a limited amount of direct supervision is required. The training follows a modular system that begins by developing a wide variety
of basic skills, and builds on these to develop intermediate and specialized
skills required in this industry.
All unit tests and assigned practicals must be completed with a passing grade
before writing the final exam, which is scheduled in May.
Safe work practices
Process technical information
Tools and equipment
Hardware and trim
Sheet metal repair
Plastics and composites
Steering and suspension
Preparation for employment
Collision repair level-one exam
Automotive refinishing prep level-one exam
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