Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) (Automotive Collision Repair Technician)

An Automotive Collision Repair Technician is designated as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Prior to beginning repairs, an Automotive Collision Repair Technician prepares or reviews motor vehicle repair estimate reports to determine what needs to be fixed. During the course of these repairs, collision repair technicians will hammer out dents, buckles and other defects, remove damaged fenders, panels and grills and straighten bent frames. The work may also include repairing and replacing doors, front-end body and body components as well as interior components such as instrument panels and frame assemblies. This work is done as preparation for filing, grinding, sanding and painting the repaired exterior and interior body surfaces. Once these repairs are completed, Automotive Collision Repair Technicians inspect vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure proper alignment and handling. Automotive Collision Repair Technicians must be willing to continually learn because new vehicles often include new alloys, metals and plastics in their construction.

Program Updates:

The Exam Weighting Charts for Level 1 and Level 2 show the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 161.82 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(1.PDF 618.46 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 139.17 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 66.01 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 141.77 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 45.27 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 67.67 KB)