Where it Can Take You
Auto body technicians are employed by auto body repair shops, automobile and truck dealerships, custom shops and sometimes by companies with vehicle fleets.
Experienced auto body technicians may advance to supervisory positions, start their own businesses or become automobile damage appraisers for insurance companies.
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There are a number of journeyperson certification options available for apprentices enrolled in the Auto Body Technician program.
- Auto Body Prepper – Apprentices must complete the first period of technical training and 3,400 hours of work experience.
- Auto Body Repairer – Apprentices must complete the first, third and fourth periods of technical training and 4,600 hours of work experience.
- Auto Body Refinisher – Apprentices must complete the first and second periods of technical training and 3,200 hours of work experience to be eligible to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Automotive Painter exam.
- Auto Body Technician – Apprentices must complete all 4 periods of technical training and 6,200 hours of work experience and will be eligible to write the Interprovincial Red Seal Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint) exam.
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Red Seal Certification
Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. A Red Seal ensures recognition of your certification throughout Canada without further examination.
Note: There is no Red Seal program for the Auto Body Prepper or Auto Body Repairer certifications.
Blue Seal Certification
Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Qualification Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, or a valid recognized credential are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.
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