Job requirements Autobody Repairer near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what you typically need to work as an autobody repairer near Vancouver (BC). These requirements are applicable to all Motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year motor vehicle body repair apprenticeship program or A combination of over three years of work experience in the motor vehicle body repair trade and completion of a high school or college automotive body repair program is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for motor vehicle body repair (metal and paint) is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Auto body repairer and painter certification is compulsory in Quebec and auto body repairer certification is compulsory in Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Automotive painters
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year automotive painter apprenticeship program or A combination of one year of work experience in the automotive painter trade and completion of a high school or college automotive painting program is usually required for automotive painter trade certification.
  • Automotive painter certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive painters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Automotive glass installers and repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Auto glass industry certification is usually required.
  • Apprenticeship training and trade certification for automotive glass technicians is available, but voluntary, in Alberta and British Columbia.
Metal repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • One to two years of on-the-job training are provided.

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a professional licence from a regulatory authority before you can start working. Licensing can be compulsory or voluntary, depending on the occupation.

  • If the licence is compulsory, you must be certified before you can practise the occupation and use the professional designation.
  • If the licence is voluntary, you don’t need to be certified to practise this occupation.
Find out if your occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Canada
British Columbia Automotive Glass Technician Regulated (voluntary) Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Regulated (voluntary) Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Refinishing Technician Regulated (voluntary) Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Painter (automotive Refinishing Technician) Regulated (voluntary) Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated (voluntary) Industry Training Authority British Columbia

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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