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2021-22 programs

2021-22 programming, including program delivery, may change as part of our ongoing response to COVID-19. Check for regular updates.

Auto Body and Collision Repair

Learn to repair and refinish collision-damaged vehicles.

A woman in white coveralls, blue latex gloves, safety goggles and an industrial respirator sands down a surface.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year

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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 also 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 manufacturers' specifications and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Canada standards.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC gives you hands-on experience applying I-CAR technology and industry standard collision repair and refinishing techniques.

Other info

  • 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.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist

Admission requirements

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

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • 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.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Future study options

  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency to legally work in the Auto Body and Collision Technician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Auto Body and Collision Technician 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.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Auto Body and Collision Technician 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.
  • Graduates may also apply for I-CAR credit certifications.

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