Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
The Auto Body Repair Techniques program is a one-year offering that will lead to an entry-level career in the auto body industry – even if you have no previous experience.
Based on the Level 1 apprenticeship curriculum, with some valuable additions, the Auto Body Repair Techniques courses will cover theoretical knowledge and practical skills to ensure you have a competitive edge in the auto body repair field. Graduates will receive an Auto Body Repair Certificate and will be credited with Level 1 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 included 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
During about 40 per cent of program time, you'll gain hands-on practice in a spacious, state-of-the-art auto body lab that's outfitted with new equipment. By learning from faculty members who have years of industry experience and are committed to seeing you succeed by helping you maximize your skills, you'll become confident in your abilities.
Once you complete your studies, you'll have the opportunity to gain credit towards your apprenticeship requirements. As a graduate, in one year you will have earned an Ontario College Certificate and the first level of 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 2 on a traditional apprenticeship.
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
- This School of Transportation program is industry-driven due to an active Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which, twice a year provides insight on current industry developments and practices.
- The skills you'll acquire will include: detailing and buffing, welding using MIG and oxyacetylene equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures, and removing and replacing various mechanical components.
- Auto Body Repair Technician
- Automotive Restoration Technician
- Commercial Vehicle Body Repairer
- Automotive Detailer
- Damage Repair Appraiser
- Automotive Painter
- Insurance Estimator
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- Grade 12 English Workplace (E), or College (C), or University (U); or equivalent; or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
• 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 2021.
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