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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:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 Seats available


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

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.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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 tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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

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.

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.

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.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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.
  • 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

Next Steps

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