TRADES PATHWAY PROGRAMS
Auto Body Repair
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Are you interested in auto body repair? If so, SIIT’s Auto Body Repair program may be the first step to a rewarding career.
The Auto Body Repair program is delivered at trade shops in Regina and Saskatoon. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work practicum and can earn 300 hours of trade time credit toward apprenticeship.
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level work as motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) and can find employment with automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops, or automobile appraisal centres- or they may be self-employed.
- Minimum Grade 10 with Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 Science.
- Applicants with a lower level may be considered depending on their experience and may be subject to a CAAT assessment for placement.
- Note: Some employers may require Grade 12 to advance in management roles.
- Copies of transcripts and any certificates earned
Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- ABRP 100 – Orientation and Safety
- ABRP 110 – Essential Skills
- ABRP 120 – Workplace Skills 1 – Component Removal and Installation
- ABRP 130 – Workplace Skills 2 – Preparation, Painting, and Detailing
- ABRP 150 – Career Planning
- ABRP 160 – Work Placement/Special Project
Tuition, Fees, and Funding
Eligible students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.
What to Expect
Day to Day
In this 10 week program, students can expect:
- 8 weeks of in-class theory and hands on practical training. Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
- No additional independent (homework) learning.
Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by SIIT.
Any work-related safety tickets will be included. These vary according to each trade.
Work Integrated Learning
Two week work placements are available for Auto Body Repair students. Students must adhere to attendance and academic performance standards to participate.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Auto Body Repair students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
You must maintain an attendance of 90% to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/ fail. Graduates will receive an Auto Body Repair Certificate of Achievement. Graduates of this program are also eligible to receive 300 hours of trade time credit toward a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer apprenticeship.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment as motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322).
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. They are employed by automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops and automobile appraisal centres.
In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for motor vehicle repairers is $ 64,200 (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/hire-train-and-manage-employees/labour-market-information).
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.
Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements
To graduate from each level of an apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 7200 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.
Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.
For additional information on the apprenticeship process for Motor Vehicle Body Repairers in Saskatchewan, click here.
Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). (link to page). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.