Auto Body Repair Techniques

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Program Code: 8405

School: School of Transportation

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 36 weeks/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus

Email: psantos@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 4708

In just 36 weeks, the Auto Body Repair Techniques program opens the door to a career in the auto body industry — even if you have no previous experience.

This offering is based on the apprenticeship curriculum, with some valuable additions that lead to a Centennial College certificate. In Auto Body Repair Techniques courses, you acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to ensure you have a competitive edge in the auto body repair field. Among covered topics are:

  • Workplace practices
  • Body and frame repair
  • Welding
  • Refinishing
  • Mechanical systems
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Computers
  • Math
  • Communications

You spend about 40 percent of your schedule gaining hands-on practice in a spacious, state-of-the-art auto body repair lab outfitted with new equipment, learning from faculty members with years of industry experience who are committed to seeing you succeed and help you to maximize your skills.

Once you complete your studies, you will have the opportunity to gain credit toward your apprenticeship requirements.

Please note: The School of Transportation will admit applicants to this program who have successfully completed Grade 12 Workplace, College, or University entry-level English.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
BODY-101 Applied Work Practices and Procedures 1 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-102 Body and Frame Repair 1 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-103 Refinishing 1 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-104 Applied Mechanical Systems 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
MATH-132 Trade Related Mathematics Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BODY-201 Applied Work Practices and Procedures 2 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-202 Body and Frame Repair 2 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-203 Refinishing 2 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-204 Applied Mechanical Systems 2 Ashtonbee Campus
NE-205 Trade Related Communications Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BODY-301 Applied Work Practices and Procedures 3 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-302 Body and Frame Repair 3 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-303 Refinishing 3 Ashtonbee Campus
BODY-304 Applied Mechanical Systems 3 Ashtonbee Campus
NE-305 Computers for Autobody Technicians Ashtonbee Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Auto Body Repair Techniques curriculum is modelled on the apprenticeship in-school program.
  • This School of Transportation program is industry driven thanks to an active program advisory committee that provides insights on current industry developments and practices.
  • You gain a certificate that is highly recognized by the auto industry, and the knowledge and skills to make you more employable.
  • The duties for which you are prepared include: sculpting, buffing and redesigning sleek exteriors, welding using MIG and oxy-acetylene equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures and related mechanical systems, and more.

To learn more about the industry and apprenticeships, please visit:

Career Outlook

  • Auto body repair technician
  • Automotive restoration technician
  • Commercial vehicle body repairer
  • Damage repair appraiser
  • Insurance estimator
  • Auto body apprentice
  • Apprentice painter
  • Service advisor
  • Appraisal trainee parts technician

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 E, C or U or equivalent, or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,320.25 $932.00 $4,252.25
International $16,971.25 $2,127.00 $19,098.25