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Motor Vehicle Body Repair

Motor Vehicle Body Repair

Learn to repair and refinish collision-damaged vehicles.

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Start Date:
1 Year
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

Collision repair technicians enjoy the challenge of repairing and refinishing a wide variety of automobiles. Each new job calls on your problem-solving abilities plus a little creativity and imagination. You also have to develop a variety of skills: from welding and metalworking, to electrical, mechanical, plastic repair, refinishing and structural analysis.

In this program, you learn procedures for welding, repairing and aligning body panels. You learn how to prepare and paint surfaces and how to use electronic databases to estimate costs related to vehicle damage. All repair procedures are completed in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Canada standards.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • NSCC gives you hands-on experience applying I-CAR technology and industry standard collision repair and refinishing techniques. Graduates may also apply for I-CAR credit certifications.

Employment Opportunities

  • Automotive dealerships and independent collision repair or refinishing centres. Opportunities may also exist with truck fleet owners and bus companies.
  • You may also find employment in many occupations related to the field, including Autobody Repairer (Metal & Paint), Automotive Painter, Detailer, Estimator, Parts Technician.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards dictate facial hair and headwear regulations.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACRR 1000   Collision Repair and Workplace Safety
ACRR 1001   Hand and Power Tools
ACRR 1002   Introduction to Automotive Welding and Cutting
ACRR 1003   Metal Forming – Non-Structured
ACRR 1004   Body Filler - Applications and Abrasives for Finishing
ACRR 1007   Spray Gun Techniques
ACRR 1008   Surface Preparation and Primer Applications
ACRR 1010   Vehicle Construction Analysis - Teardown and Assembly
ACRR 1011   Quality Inspection and Delivery
ACRR 1012   Plastics and Non-Metal Repair
ACRR 1013   Preparation and Masking
ACRR 1100   Work Experience I
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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