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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Auto Collision & Refinishing Tech


Occupation Description: 

Automotive Collision & Refinishing Technicians work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in restoring vehicle finishes once body work has been completed. Some of the duties that an automotive refinishing technician completes include: removing layers of old coatings; matching colours and mixing paints; preparing surfaces for painting by spot filling, sanding, and masking; applying primers, primer surfacers, sealers, base coats, single-stage and clear coa‚Äčts; cleaning and polishing painted surfaces; and applying protective coatings.‚Äč

‚ÄčThey may also work with estimators, partspersons, detailers, preppers, glass installers and production managers. While they may work as part of the repair team, Automotive Refinishing Technicians tend to work independently. They may work in the automotive, truck and transport, commercial transport, heavy equipment, motorcycle, specialty vehicle, aviation and aerospace sectors.

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l‚Äčook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin‚Äčg, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S‚Äčpring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

‚Äč‚Äčmid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ‚Äčensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits


  • look at the topics you will be covering while at either:
  • given those post secondaries, must have:
    • a plan for English 12
    • a Math 11 ("C+")
    • any Automotive 11
  • recommended: metal 11‚Äč
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school‚Äč‚Äč

Intakes & Time Commitment

  • offered at two locations
    • VCC
      • two intakes:
        • Sept. 25, 2023 - June 6, 2024
        • Feb. 12, 2024 - Oct. 10, 2024 ‚Äč
      • 35 weeks (no Spring and/or Summ‚Äčer Breaks, or pro-d days)
      • Monday to Thursday (no school on Fridays)
      • ‚Äč8.00am to 3.00pm
    • BCIT
      • two intakes:
        • ‚ÄčSept. 4, 2023 - June 20, 2024‚Äč
        • Jan. 8, 2024 - Dec‚Äč. 5, 2024‚Äč
      • 40 weeks (no Spring and/or Summer Breaks, or pro-d days)
        • ‚Äčlonger program due to more practicums (work experience) in the community 
      • Monday to Thursday (no school on Fridays)
      • ‚Äč8.00am to 3.00pm

Available Seats

  • VCC's intakes has quite a few seats reserved for high school students, so getting 3-4 seats is not a real restraint. BCIT's intake is limited to 1-2 high school students.

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,800 for course materials,
    textbook, tools, respirator, etc.‚Äč

Locations + Transportation‚Äč‚Äč

  • Transportation, to and from the training site(s), is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • Skytrain is probably the best transportation option
  • VCC
    • "Broadway Campus" - 1155 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • BCIT
    • "Burnaby Campus" - 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby


  • General
    • Analytical, Coordinated, Resourceful, and Systematic
  • Key Job‚Äč
    • ‚ÄčAuto Body & Repair Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Surface Preparation & Refinishing, Auto Body Construction & Components, and Insurance Estimating
‚ÄčStudent Eligibility
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects, but it can be taken in grade 11.
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of their graduation year
    • ex 1:  a Program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a current grade 12 student‚Äč to apply to
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September ‚Äčafter a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • must have government-issued photo ID (ex: a driver's license, BC ‚ÄčID, passport) that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date (last week or so of program)‚Äč
  • on intake date, students must be:
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
    • an enrolled student in a high school (non-grad) in SD43‚Äč
  • unfortunately, international students are not able to enroll in this program‚Äč




Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč‚Äč




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828