School of Skilled Trades

Pre-Employment Auto Body Repair

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  • 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

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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.

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.

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.

Auto Body Repair

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.

Auto Body Repair Instructor and Student

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Email: transportation@nait.ca

International Students

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 Students

International applicants should please note the following:

  • Study Permit and Co-op Work Permit: Admission into this credit certificate program may qualify international students for a study permit and a co-op work permit. 
  • Work Practicum: Students enrolled in the program must complete a work practicum. International students must apply for a co-op work permit and receive approval before the start of your work placement.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program is too short to meet the requirements for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. (Programs must be at least 8 months long to qualify. This program is 22 weeks.)
  • Working in the Skilled Trades in Alberta: Study permit or work permit holders may not be eligible to indenture with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) upon completion of this program. Indenturing with AIT is a requirement to work as a technician in Alberta. Learn more about who can indenture.

International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT academic advisor – international focus to discuss options.



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