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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The Pre-employment Auto Body Repair programs takes just 15 weeks to prepare you for an entry-level position in the auto body trade. Studies include industry regulations, component removal and installation, substrate preparations, welding, and basic sheet metal repair.

Graduates of the program can challenge the first period apprenticeship related theory examination for the Auto Body Technician program.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

Students in the Pre-employment Auto Body Repair program will receive all the technical training normally obtained in the first period of a traditional apprenticeship program, including

  • industry overview and regulations
  • Auto Body Safety
  • Communication and Auto Body Shop Operations
  • component removal and installation
  • substrate preparations including body fillers
  • hand-skills and basic sheet metal repair
  • vehicle detailing

NAIT's Auto Body program is the largest provider of auto body training for apprentices and non-apprentices in Alberta. NAIT provides technical training to meet Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training's (AIT) instructional requirements.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

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
  • automotive supply firms
  • insurance companies

Experienced auto body technicians can move into supervisory positions, start their own businesses or become damage appraisers for insurance companies.

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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Bryce Nelson, Program Chair
Email: brycen@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7271 
Fax: 780.378.7205




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Term 1

ABTP1011Safety and Basic Auto Body Shop Operations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Auto Body Technician Pre-Employment program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

While attending this course, you will be introduced to current business practices that support the typical operation of Auto Body Collision Facility. One of the key focuses will be information on how to effectively operate a business with a controlled and safe working environment.

ABTP1031Auto Body Repair Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Auto Body Pre-employment Technician program. An overall program average of 65% must be obtained to be eligible to challenge the AIT first period apprenticeship qualification exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce you to the modern repair principles that must be followed to efficiently perform repair work on a diverse array of auto body panels. One of the main focuses will be on the application of hand and power tools to complete these types of repairs. Students will also be introduced to the removal, evaluation, and replacement of common vehicle components according to manufacturer’s specifications.

ABTP1041Surface Preparation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Auto Body Pre-Employment Technician program. Co-requisite: ABTP1031. An overall program average of 65% must be obtained to be eligible to challenge the AIT first period apprenticeship qualification exam.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A top coat is the final layers of a coating system whose role is decorative and protective. Students in this course will be introduced to the technical procedures that are commonly found while preparing an auto body panel for a topcoat application. During this intensive and interactive training session, students will be introduced to the selection of appropriate sanding products and hands-on application of surface sanding. Techniques and products used in the application of masking vehicles. Undercoats used in the repair process of vehicles and the application of these undercoats.

ABTP1095Work Practicum
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Auto Body Pre-Employment Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course will provide students with an opportunity to gain real-world professional auto body experience which will be focused on holistically validating the knowledge the student has gained through their technical education. Students will engage in an authentic experience which prepares them for a career in the Auto Body industry. During this course, students will be offered formative and summative feedback on their technical knowledge, and ultimately assess their application of essential skills while working in an active collision repair facility.


Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $200

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 10 English
  • Grade 10 Math. The following courses can be used to meet this requirement: Math 10, 13, 24, Applied, Pure, 10C, 10-3.
  • Grade 10 Science. Science 24 can be used to satisfy this requirement. Science 14 is not acceptable.
  • Successful completion of the entrance exam through Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) can be used in lieu of the English, Math, and Science requirement.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • A valid Alberta Class 5 GDL driver's license or equivalent is recommended
  • Students are required to have the following personal protective equipment (PPE) for the first day of classes:
  1. Safety boots
  2. Safety glasses
  3. Coveralls

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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