Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) (Pre-Employment)

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Duration: 32 weeks plus 2 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (MVBR) (Pre-Employment) program is a provincially accredited apprenticeship program that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. Motor vehicle body repairers repair and restore damaged motor vehicle body parts and interior finishing; repaint body surfaces; and repair and/or replace automotive glass. This  group also includes metal repairers who repair defective automobile body parts and damage to the bodies of newly assembled cars.

Apprenticeship Training

The Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) (Pre-Employment) program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become a first-year apprentice. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Program Courses

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Safety
  • Trade Related Documents
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Fasteners and Adhesives
  • Vehicle Construction
  • Pre/Post-Repair Vehicle Inspection
  • Metallurgy
  • Cutting and Heating
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) – MIG
  • Resistance Spot Welding (RSW)
  • Metal Working 1 (Mild Steel)
  • Body Fillers and Abrasives
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Surface Preparation (Cleaning, Stripping and Masking)
  • Stationary Glass
  • Moveable Glass and Hardware
  • Primers, Surfacers and Sealers
  • Refinishing 1
  • Cleaning and Detailing
  • Upholstery, Trim and Hardware
  • Batteries
  • Non-Structural Components
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Math Essentials
  • MV Body Repair Math Fundamentals
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • Workpace Exposure

Employment Opportunities

This occupation Motor Vehicle Body Repairers – National Occupational Classification 7322 is part of a larger occupational group called Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators. According to Outlook 2025, this larger occupational group will experience strong recruitment pressures over the 2015 to 2025 period. MVBR’s are employed by automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops, automobile appraisal centers and motor vehicle manufacturers.

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