Automotive Refinishing Technician

Automotive refinishing technicians work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in restoring vehicle finishes once body work has been completed. Some of the duties that an automotive refinishing technician completes include: removing layers of old coatings; matching colours and mixing paints; preparing surfaces for painting by spot filling, sanding, and masking; applying primers, primer surfacers, sealers, base coats, single-stage and clear coats; cleaning and polishing painted surfaces; and applying protective coatings.

Many automotive refinishing technicians work in close contact with auto body and collision technicians who tend to work in multi-shop companies, independent or dealership auto body and collision shops. Automotive refinishing duties may overlap with auto body and collision technicians’ duties, particularly in small shops. In larger places of employment, automotive refinishing technicians likely work as specialists, after body repairs have been completed. They may also work with estimators, partspersons, detailers, preppers, glass installers and production managers. While they may work as part of the repair team, automotive refinishing technicians tend to work independently. They may work in the automotive, truck and transport, commercial transport, heavy equipment, motorcycle, specialty vehicle, aviation and aerospace sectors.

THE AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING TECHNICIAN PROGRAM HAS CHANGED.

Level 1

Level 2

Harmonized*

Harmonized*         

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2021

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service.       

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - In effect starting April 1, 2021

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

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Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

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Record Book

Program Updates:

Standardized Level Exam Updates

SLE Weighting Charts

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Interprovincial Exam Updates

  • None

Interprovincial Exam Information

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 137.87 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 555.62 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.

OR

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. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
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  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
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  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 234.58 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 277.41 KB)