Automotive Refinishing


Automotive Refinishing Technicians are creative and expressive professionals who put the finishing touches on repaired and restored vehicles.  

As an Automotive Refinishing Technician, you’ll work on a range of vehicles, providing the final restoration steps once body work has been completed.  


You’ll prepare vehicles for final coats and removing vehicle components in preparation. You’ll also become a creative master in paint jobs, going through the preparation steps and applying the fine-tuned layer technique and colour matching.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to use lifting, mixing and spray tools and equipment 
  • How to use welding equipment  
  • How to create a work plan and organize materials  
  • How to remove and install vehicle components  
  • How to prepare surfaces and apply finishes 

Key Job Skills

  • Detail-oriented  
  • Care and precision 
  • Vehicle exterior preparation 
  • Vehicle painting  
  • Component removal and installation 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 10 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
3300 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$18.00 — $37.50

Program Updates

Harmonization Updates

  • Level 1 - Harmonized*

  • Level 2 - Harmonized*

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2021

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact Customer Service.    

Harmonized Program

Information & Resources

In effect starting April 1, 2021

Exam Information

And Resources

Find exam-related information and resources under each menu item below.



Program Information

Detailed program information prior to its transition to the harmonized program.

Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.