2022-23 Calendar

Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 22-week entry-level training program has been designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the automotive refinishing/painting trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in this industry. Instruction in all subject matters relating to the Automotive Paint Prep apprenticeship is included. Graduates of this program will receive Industry Training Authority (ITA) credit for Level I Apprenticeship technical training for Automotive Paint Prep Technician. The Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician credential is the prerequisite for the Automotive Refinishing Painter (Automotive Refinishing Technician) apprenticeship. Graduates of this program may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority.

Admissions Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

    A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Mathematics 10
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The ABLE Mathematics Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

AREF 101 Use Safe Work Practices
AREF 102 Tools and Equipment
AREF 103 Surface Preparation
AREF 104 Sheet Metal Repair
AREF 105 Plastics and Composites
AREF 106 Undercoats
AREF 107 Topcoats
AREF 108 Spot Repairs
AREF 109 Pre-Delivery
AREF 110 Preparation for Employment
AREF 111 Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician Final Exam

Graduation Requirement

Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship




  • Full-Time


2018-19: $3,146.02


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022