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Apprenticeship training combines paid, work-based training (about 80 percent) with technical training in a classroom or shop setting (about 20 percent). Candidates for apprenticeship must find an employer who is able to take them on as an apprentice and then register with their local apprenticeship or trades authority.

The trades known nationally as autobody and collision technician (previously motor vehicle body repairer (metal and paint)), automotive refinishing technician (previously automotive painter) and automotive service technician are all Red Seal trades. The Red Seal program allows qualified tradespersons to practice in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.

Employers can take advantage of funding, programs and federal tax incentives to hire and train apprentices. Information about occupational standards and financial support for apprentices and businesses is available at and

This section lists organizations across Canada that offer apprenticeship training for autobody technician, automotive refinishing and automotive service trades.


Computerized measuring systems, frame analysis and frame repair are the areas of focus for structural repair. One concern, given the preponderance of high-strength steels and ultra-high-strength steels is identification of these advanced materials and knowledge of proper repair procedures. In addition, the efficient use of computerized measuring can maximize repair quality and profitability.

In the structural repair courses, you are provided the with the opportunity to acquire the theoretical and practical
knowledge and skills to ensure you have a competitive and leading edge in the autobody repair field. Listings in this section include both online and hands-on courses related to structural repair.


As new materials make their way into vehicles, it becomes imperative for technicians to update their knowledge of proper repair procedures. Spot welding, for example, is emerging as an essential technique for some vehicles. In addition to knowing how to use newer welding equipment, technicians may want to expand their knowledge of weld theory, metallurgy and testing.

This section lists college-level welding programs, apprenticeship training and shorter, industry-led training opportunities related to welding. See also: the Aluminum section for courses specific to aluminum repair, including welding of aluminum, and the Structural section.


Non-structural repair covers a vast variety of topics and encompasses many of the leading-edge technologies employed in modern vehicles. Driver-assist systems and telematics are areas of rapid change that require technicians to continually update their knowledge base. The prediction is that advancements in automotive technology will coalesce around the connected, autonomous, shared, electric platform (CASE).

The effect of these trends is already being felt on the shop floor. The ‘Labour Market Watch’ report, published by the Automotive Industries Association, confirms that the automotive repair workforce is aging and much of the experience is skewed toward seasoned professionals. “Independent shops and larger chains are already starting to feel the pressure, and it will only accelerate with the advancement in technology in the form of connected, autonomous and self-driving cars,” the report states.

Listed in this section are a variety of courses that can help seasoned professionals and younger
employees cope with new vehicle technologies.


The growing presence of aluminum in vehicle bodies creates new rules for repair facilities and has required everyone from estimators to autobody technicians to learn new procedures. The special attention demanded by aluminum adds complexity
to the workflow of a repair facility.

The courses in this section address many facets of aluminum repair, from panel repair to
damage assessment.


In Canada, the roles of autobody technician, automotive refinish technician and automotive service technician are designated skilled trades, and are therefore regulated by provincial apprenticeship legislation. Apprenticeship training combines paid, work based training with short periods of technical training in a classroom or shop setting. Candidates for apprenticeship must find an employer who is able to take them on as an apprentice and then register with their local apprenticeship or trades authority.

In the automotive trades, pre-apprenticeship training is offered by numerous colleges. These full-time educational programs (often called core or foundation programs) may make it easier to find an employer and, in some cases, can qualify as a portion of the required apprenticeship training. Collision repair technicians restore damage to the exterior the and interior of motor vehicles.

Automotive refinishing technicians paint and refinish automobiles either for collision restoration or custom paint jobs. Automotive service technicians provide repair and service to vehicle systems, including the engine, electrical/electronics, transmission, driveline, steering, suspension and brakes.

This section lists organizations across Canada that offer core or foundation programs (pre-apprenticeship training) in the autobody, auto refinish and automotive service sectors.


Autobody and collision repair is becoming a more complex field with the advancement of new materials technologies, techniques and environmentally friendly products and equipment. Body and paint technicians who work on automobile exteriors do so ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and of quality appearance. Technicians accomplish this by discovering and
administering any repairs or replacements, paint detailing and bodywork.

Courses in the paint and refinish sector range from product training and to improving paint centre productivity to colour theory. Refresher training or learning a new technique (suchas matte finishes) may improve the efficiency of this vital segment of collision centre operations or inspire painters to new heights.


Training for management and estimating gives collision repair professionals role-relevant information, knowledge and skills necessary to perform complete, safe and quality repairs, as well as accurate repair estimates.

Courses in this section will assist those involved
in collision centre management to optimize processes and workflow, develop teams and provide a memorable customer experience. These courses are sourced from a variety of training providers and encompass repair planning, customer service, estimating, shop management and insurer relations. Use these resources to develop a knowledge of KPIs and how to use them to improve collision centre performance. In addition, an extensive list of damage analysis and estimating courses is provided.


There are many companies or organizations that offer training directly at shop level. These are known as direct repair programs and are offered online or at a designated training centre. In most cases, the training is specific to a company’s tools, equipment or service, often with a certification or an I-Car accreditation as part of the training.

Knowledgeable instructors with many years of experience in the industry lead these programs.
This ensures a solid understanding of the company’s equipment through a direct hands-on approach and provides practical training in a real world repair shop environment. This approach helps develop the confidence and experience needed to stay current and even ahead of the game when diagnosing and repairing many makes of automobiles.

The training provided by the following companies offers a wide variety of convenient, cost effective ways to train automotive professionals. In addition to self-paced eLearning, hands-on and seminar-style classes, training programs are offered for almost every make and model of vehicle. All classes are 100% technical and are delivered by experienced certified training specialists.


The automotive recycling industry has become more complex as vehicles become more advanced and technology continues to escalate rapidly. As a result, the demand for training to increase safety, efficiency and profitability has become vital to the continued success of today’s professional recycler.

Training currently being offered covers a wide variety of programs and procedures, to governmental requirements, safety, sales, management, plant management more. The benefits are many and include staying ahead of the game with environmental and regulatory compliance, industry skill, and management, careers, and employee development. Many of the courses are offered online, thus allowing participants to train at their own pace.


Making better collision repair decisions benefits both your business and customers by restoring the vehicle to its pre-accident condition and helping to ensure its safety as designed by the manufacturer. With rapidly advancing technology in vehicles, collision repairers need to know more than just how to physically replace their components, but also how they operate together.

To meet the increasingly complex needs of repairing modern vehicles after a collision, you may have to pursue manufacturer-specific training. Some vehicle manufacturers embed training requirements within the framework of a collision repair certification program,
and then provide training only to certified facilities.

More broadly-available, brand specific courses are listed within this category.


Workers in Canada require both hazardous materials (WHMIS) education and worksite-specific training. Basic education courses from a wide range of providers teach workers the principles of WHMIS and the meaning of the information on labels and safety data sheets (SDSes, formerly MSDSes).

Workplace-specific training teaches workers how to work safely with hazardous products at a worksite. This type of training would cover topics such as: how do you work safely with this hazardous product (controls, specific personal protective equipment, storage, disposal, etc.); and how do you deal with an unexpected exposure or spill?

One national source of information regarding WHMIS training is For more broad health and safety topics, see the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at Provincial workplace safety authorities are another source of generic safety training, while automotive-specific safety training is often found through local associations. New technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, bring new hazards to the workplace. It is vital that employers and employees remain up-to-date on appropriate safety procedures.

This section lists some industry-specific, safety-related courses available from I-CAR.



Our goal with the our Annual Training Directory and is to present a complete and comprehensive destination, which provides all automotive and collision repair training courses available to the industry nationally. Here you will find everything you need to know about collision repair/autobody courses offered through colleges, training centres, manufacturers, OEMs and more.

Training and certification are they key ingredients to staying ahead of the technology curve and enjoying a successful and sustainable career.



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