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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
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Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.
Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.
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).
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:
If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.
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Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pre-Employment Auto Body Repair programs take 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, 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.
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
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.
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:
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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Since 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. International students must apply for a Study Permit and a Co-op work permit even though this program is less than 6 months. Students enrolled in the Auto Body Repair – Pre employment certificate are required to complete a Work Practicum that requires a Co-op work permit.
For more details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s post-graduation work permit criteria and Co-op work permit criteria. Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.
International applicants should please note the following:
International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT academic advisor – international focus to discuss options.
The Pre-employment Auto Body Repair program prepares you for an entry-level position in the auto body trade.
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