Prep for success. This program is for the working auto refinishing prep technician apprentice. Train in classrooms and VCC's well-equipped autobody labs. You will have ample opportunity to practise your skills and to demonstrate your knowledge. Training at VCC is designed to meet the needs of both the apprentice and industry by providing a thorough and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to the industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set.
There is one level of technical training for an auto refinishing preparation apprentice. Students train in classrooms and auto body labs in VCC's facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the automotive labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. The college supplies tools and coveralls while the apprentice is a student at VCC. Students must supply their own safety equipment.
An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.
Part or Full‑time
VCC welcomes applications from
Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to
educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and have received an Apprentice Identification number and a Trade Worker Identification number (TWID).
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Fees and Other Costs
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Deposit is due 3 weeks after acceptance into a class. Remaining balance is due 3 months prior to start date of training. Fees are refunded according to the Refund Policy. For detailed fee information see Courses and Timetables.
- Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students making advanced payments for programs/courses or installment payments for current programs, will be required to pay increased rates. The application fee is non-refundable. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.
Note: All course/program information including course/program content, length, admission requirements, prerequisites, start/end dates, postponements and/or cancellation is subject to change without notice.