Applied and Technical Studiesufv.ca/trades
At UFV, we can put students on the road towards a career as an Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician. The program will prepare students for entry into the automotive collision repair and refinishing industry. Successful completion may also provide students with advanced placement into the Autobody Repair or Refinishing Apprenticeship program. Students will get a thorough introduction to the trade and develop skills expected by employers. Students will have the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge on most systems used on current vehicles.
Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality and good work habits are essential. This program can ladder into the B.C. apprenticeship system, following the National Occupational Analysis.
UFV allows high school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their grade 12 year. For more information, contact your district/school career counsellor. You may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email email@example.com.
After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in areas such as auto body shops, independent shops, and specialty shops such as restoration or custom hot rods, fleet shops, fabrication shops, and marine industries.
High-school completion is strongly recommended for career success. In addition to UFV’s general university admission requirements, which include the English Language Proficiency Requirement, students must meet the following entrance requirements for admission.
Note: Students who have not been in any schooling for more than three years are strongly advised to take the recommended mathematics assessment test to determine level of preparedness. The assessment test may identify areas that require strengthening to optimize the opportunities for program success. In most cases, upgrading can be taken simultaneously with the program.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing students should also budget approximately $500 for required tools, $210 for textbooks, and $250 for appropriate working apparel.
Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of the program. The balance of fees must be paid by the second week of classes.
A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official if/when the statement is required.
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program is offered at the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The Reception Centre office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops may be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program starts in September and ends mid-May.
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program requires continuous attendance throughout the program to successfully complete all requirements. Students will be expected to attend all every week for the duration of the entire program.
Students must meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.
Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the end of May can apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program the following year. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than May of the following year. See upgrading policy for more details.
Students must apply for graduation by completing a Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/admissions/forms.
Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).
Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
If a student wishes not to continue, he or she will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.
Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with attendance, conduct, or program policies, or UFV policies including: Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).
The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.
An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.
Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.
Students who begin a Trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is conditional based on space availability and instructor permission, and if the curriculum has not changed.
Students who are absent more than one year will be required to apply for re-admission. An application for admission form and application fee will be required.
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program starts in September and ends in May. Students must show that they understand the theory by successfully completing a written test for each unit. They must then apply their knowledge to demonstrate an acceptable level of practical skills as assigned in that unit. The learning materials may include printed handouts, worksheets, video clips, display boards, lab manuals, and written instructions.
At regular stages, students will be required to perform various tasks in order to develop their practical skills. As much as possible, study and lab instruction is patterned after "on-the-job" situations where a limited amount of direct supervision is required. The training follows a modular system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills, and builds on these to develop intermediate and specialized skills required in this industry.
All unit tests and assigned practicals must be completed with a passing grade before writing the final exam, which is scheduled in May.
Safe work practices
Process technical information
Tools and equipment
Hardware and trim
Sheet metal repair
Plastics and composites
Steering and suspension
Preparation for employment
Collision repair level-one exam
Automotive refinishing prep level-one exam