2021-22 Calendar

Collision Repair/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 38-week (1140 hours) program takes students with little or no previous experience in the automotive collision trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in this industry. Instruction in subject matters includes: Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician, allowing students the opportunity to enter one of three different apprenticeships. The main focus of the program is the development of practical skills. The program includes a two-week industry work placement. Graduates of this program will receive an Okanagan College program certificate, Level 1 Technical Training credit and 625 work-based training hours towards one of the two trades from the Industry Training Authority. The Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician credential is the prerequisite for the Automotive Refinishing and Paint apprenticeship.

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 10
    • Workplace Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The TEA 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 Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

Program Outline

CLSN 101A Use Safe Work Practices
CLSN 101B Use Safe Work Practices
CLSN 102A Process Technical Information
CLSN 102B Process Technical Information
CLSN 103A Tools and Equipment
CLSN 103B Tools and Equipment
CLSN 104A Hardware and Trim
CLSN 104B Hardware and Trim
CLSN 105A Surface Preparation
CLSN 105B Surface Preparation
CLSN 106A Oxy-Acetylene Welding
CLSN 106B Oxy-Acetylene Welding
CLSN 107A MIG Welding
CLSN 107B MIG Welding
CLSN 108A Sheet Metal Repair
CLSN 108B Sheet Metal Repair
CLSN 109A Plastics and Composites
CLSN 109B Plastics and Components
CLSN 110A Undercoats
CLSN 110B Undercoats
CLSN 111A Topcoats
CLSN 111B Topcoats
CLSN 112A Panel Replacement
CLSN 112B Panel Replacement
CLSN 113A Mechanical Components
CLSN 113B Mechanical Components
CLSN 114A Pre-Delivery
CLSN 114B Pre-Delivery
CLSN 115 Preparation for Employment
CLSN 116 Collision Repair Level I Exam
CLSN 117 Auto Refinishing Prep Lvl I Ex
CLSN 118 Industry Work Placement

Program Schedule: September to May

Textbooks: $300 approximately

Graduation Requirement

Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2019-20: $5,618.44

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee,Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 05/09/2021