Auto Body Repair Technician

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Program Code: 8406

School: School of Transportation

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5035

The Auto Body Repair Technician Program is a two year program that opens the doors to an advanced career in the auto body industry and could lead to a managerial position to operating your own successful business.  

This program is based on the Level 1 and 2 apprenticeship curriculum, with great valuable additions that lead to a highly recognized Centennial College Diploma. In the Auto Body Repair Technician courses, you will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge, managerial skills and motivational attitude to ensure you have a competitive and leading edge in the auto body repair field.

Among covered topics are:

  • Personal & Shop Safety
  • Vehicle & Body Construction
  • Detailing & Refinishing Equipment Maintenance
  • Applied Mechanical Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Communication Skills
  • Trade Tools & Shop Equipment
  • Non-Structural Repair Fundamentals
  • Refinishing Surface Preparation
  • Oxyacetylene & Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Plastic Repair and refinishing
  • Non-Structural Panel Repair & Measuring
  • Automotive Glass & Safety Devices
  • Non-Structural Panel Replacement
  • Refinishing Top Coat Application

You will spend approximately 40 percent of your schedule gaining hands-on practice in a spacious, well laid-out state-of-the-art auto body lab outfitted with new equipment. You will learn from faculty members with years of industry experience who are committed to seeing you succeed and to helping you maximize your skills. .

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

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABRT-101 Personal & Shop Safety Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-102 Vehicle & Body Construction Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-103 Detailing & Refinishing Equipment Maintenance Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-104 Applied Mechanical Systems 1 Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-140 Essential English Skills Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
MATH-105 Basic Mathematics Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ABRT-201 Trade Tools & Shop Equipment Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-202 Non-Structural Repair Fundamentals Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-203 Refinishing Surface Preparation Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-204 Applied Mechanical Systems 2 Ashtonbee Campus
ABRT-205 Oxyacetylene & Gas Metal Arc Welding Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ABRD-301 Plastic Repair Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-302 Non-Structural Panel Repair & Measuring Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-303 Plastic Panel Refinishing Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-304 Applied Mechanical Systems 3 Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ABRD-401 Automotive Glass & Safety Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-402 Non-Structural Panel Replacement Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-403 Refinishing Top Coat Application Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-404 Applied Mechanical Systems 4 Ashtonbee Campus
ABRD-405 Gas Metal Arc Welding Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Auto Body Repair Technician curriculum is modelled on the level 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school program
  • This School of Transportation program is industry driven thanks to an active program advisory committee that provides insight twice a year on current industry developments and practices
  • You develop your knowledge and skills while practicing on actual customer’s vehicles to gain real world experience, as well, you gain customer relation skills.
  • You gain a diploma that is highly recognized and recommended by the auto industry, and the advanced knowledge, practical and motivational skills and attitude to make you more attractive and employable towards a managerial position within the industry

The skills for which you are prepared include:

Detailing and buffing, welding on non-coated and coated metals using oxyacetylene and MIG equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures on various substrates, remove, diagnose and install 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 devises such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and air bags, and office administration duties/responsibilities.


Career Outlook

  • Licensed Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer
  • Shop Foreman
  • Auto Body Shop Manager
  • Automotive Detailer
  • Damage Repair Appraiser
  • Insurance Estimator

Academic Requirements

To register for this Auto Body Repair Technician program, you must have:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalentor 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


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 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 For more information go to 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

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

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 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

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 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,043.00 $3,978.50
International $14,140.00 $2,326.00 $16,466.00