Job requirements Autobody Repairer in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an autobody repairer in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year motor vehicle body repair apprenticeship program or A combination of over three years of work experience in the motor vehicle body repair trade and completion of a high school or college automotive body repair program is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for motor vehicle body repair (metal and paint) is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Auto body repairer and painter certification is compulsory in Quebec and auto body repairer certification is compulsory in Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Automotive painters
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year automotive painter apprenticeship program or A combination of one year of work experience in the automotive painter trade and completion of a high school or college automotive painting program is usually required for automotive painter trade certification.
  • Automotive painter certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive painters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Automotive glass installers and repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Auto glass industry certification is usually required.
  • Apprenticeship training and trade certification for automotive glass technicians is available, but voluntary, in Alberta and British Columbia.
Metal repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • One to two years of on-the-job training are provided.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Auto Body Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Auto Body Technician Refinisher Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Auto Body Technician-auto Body Prepper Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Automotive Glass Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Refinishing Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Automotive Painter (automotive Refinishing Technician) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Automotive Painter (automotive Refinishing Technician) Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Automotive Painter Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint)  Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Automotive Painter (automotive Refinishing Technician) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Automotive Glass Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Automotive Painter Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Nunavut Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Auto Body And Collision Damage Repairer Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Auto Body Repairer Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Automotive Glass Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Automotive Painter Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Automotive Painter Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Body Repairer / Mechanics Regulated Emploi Québec
Body Repairer Regulated Comités paritaire sur l'industrie des services automobiles, Ministère du Travail du Québec
Automotive Painter Regulated Comités paritaire sur l'industrie des services automobiles, Ministère du Travail du Québec
Saskatchewan Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) (automotive Collision Repair Technician) Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Motor Vehicle Body Refinisher Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal And Paint) (automotive Collision Repair Technician) Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Automotive Painter Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Motor Vehicle Body Preper Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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