Where it Can Take You
After securing employment, students may continue on to apprentice as an auto body technician in NAIT's Auto Body Technician program.
Graduates are typically employed by body shops, dealerships, truck repair shops, industrial painting shops and automotive supply firms and insurance companies. Experienced auto body technicians can move into supervisory positions, start their own businesses or become damage appraisers for insurance companies.
Please note: Given that this program is less than 8 months in length, international students who graduate from this program are not eligible for the post-graduation work permit. For further details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada's post-graduation work permit criteria.
For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit
- Alberta Occupational Profiles - Auto Body Technician
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Continuing your studies
Graduates of the program who choose to continue on to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to apprentice as an auto body technician can receive AIT's accreditation for the technical training component of first period Auto Body Technician program. To challenge the first period apprenticeship related theory examination, students must meet the specific attendance and mark criteria as set out by AIT. A fee of $150 must be paid to AIT.
Auto body technicians who hold a valid trade certificate from Alberta or from another Canadian province or territory can apply to write the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer Interprovincial Exam. If they are successful, they can then be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal is recognized throughout most of Canada.
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