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The Auto Body Repair Technician program is a two-year offering that will open the doors to a career in the auto body industry and could lead to a managerial position or to successfully operating your own business.
Graduates will receive an Auto Body Repair Diploma and will be credited with Levels 1 and 2 of the Ontario Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer (310B) Apprenticeship in school training. You apply for this Prior Learning Acknowledgement Recognition (PLAR) through your Ministry Training Consultant once you become a registered Apprentice.
Among covered topics will be:
- Personal and shop safety
- Vehicle and body construction
- Detailing and refinishing equipment maintenance
- Applied mechanical systems
- Trade tools and shop equipment
- Non-structural repair fundamentals
- Refinishing surface preparation
- Oxyacetylene and gas metal arc welding
- Plastic repair and refinishing
- Non-structural panel repair and measuring
- Automotive glass and safety devices
- Non-structural panel replacement
- Refinishing top coat application
You'll spend approximately 40 per cent of your schedule gaining hands-on practice in a spacious and well laid out state-of-the-art auto body lab outfitted with new equipment. In this lab, you'll learn from faculty members with years of industry experience who are committed to seeing you succeed and to helping you maximize your skills.
As a Graduate, in two years you will have earned an Ontario College Diploma and the first two levels of in-class education in the Auto Body and Collision Damage Repair Apprenticeship. You will then be ready to start your journey as a registered Apprentice, which will prepare you to return to school for your level 3 on a traditional apprenticeship.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
- Thanks to an active Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which meets twice a year to provide insight on current industry developments and practices, this School of Transportation program is industry-driven.
- You'll develop your knowledge and skills while gaining customer relation skills and real-world experience as you practice on actual customers' vehicles.
- The skills with which you'll be prepared will include: detailing and buffing, welding on non-coated and coated metals using oxyacetylene and MIG equipment, vehicle body and frame repair, refinishing procedures on various substrates, removing, diagnosing and installing various mechanical systems; measuring using computerized laser and non-computerized mechanical systems, plastic welding, repairing and refinishing various types of plastics, removing and installing automotive glass, removing, diagnosing and installing safety devices such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and air bags; and office administration duties and responsibilities.
BMW Group Canada Paint & Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship
BMW Group Canada and five of their Certified Collision Repair Centres (CCRC) have partnered to create this opportunity for first year students in the Paint & Auto Body program. Five students with the highest GPA after 1st semester will qualify for this scholarship program and be offered placement in one of the five participating CCRCs across the GTA.
After completing their work placement and BMW training courses, each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship in their fourth semester from their respective CCRCs. The 3 students who maintain the top GPA will be awarded an additional $3,000 directly from BMW Canada.
- Licensed Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer
- Shop Foreman
- Auto Body Shop Manager
- Automotive Detailer
- Damage Repair Appraiser
- Insurance Estimator
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
To register for this Auto Body Repair Technician program, you must have:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; or mature student status (19 years or older)
- English Grade 12 Workplace (E), College (C), or University (U), or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
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- CSA approved safety shoes (Leather type)
- Safety glasses with clear lenses and side shields
- Ear plugs
- 100% cotton coveralls
- Welding gloves
- Oxyacetylene welding goggles
- Auto darkening MIG welding helmet
How to Apply
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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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.
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