2022-23 Calendar

Collision Repair and Refinishing Diploma

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 two-year diploma program is designed for students who wish to obtain employment in the automotive industry as an Automotive Collision Repair Technician, Refinishing Preparation Technician or Auto Glass Technician. The program begins by providing the student with the first year of apprenticeship training followed by second-year courses that focus on industry required skills in estimating, office skills and entrepreneurship.

This unique program provides training in four technical areas that include automotive refinishing preparation, automotive refinishing, automotive collision repair and auto glass repair and replacement. Each of these areas will be covered providing the graduate with completion of four modules of level one technical training. Upon successful completion of the technical training, students will be eligible to write the provincial Industry Training Authority standardized examinations.

Admission 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 11 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
  • A minimum 50% in one of:
    • Mathematics Grade 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Both Adult Basic Education MATH 071/072
    • Or a minimum of 50% in the ABLE mathematics test.

Relevant trades experience may be assessed for entry into this program.

Year Two entry - A student who has successfully completed the Collision Repair/Refinishing Prep Technician Foundation Program within the previous five years is also eligible for admittance into the second year of this diploma program.

Program Outline

Year 1
CRRD 110 Workplace Safety
CRRD 115 Tools and Equipment
CRRD 120 Collision Facility Operations
CRRD 125 Essential Trade Skills
CRRD 130 Cutting and Heating Technologies
CRRD 135 Welding
CRRD 140 Fundamentals of Collision Repair
CRRD 145 Sheet Metal/Aluminum Repair
CRRD 150 Plastics and Composite Repair
CRRD 155 Surface Preparation
CRRD 160 Undercoats
Year 2
CRRD 210 Plan Work
CRRD 215 Trade Practice
CRRD 220 Topcoats
CRRD 225 Paint Problems and Repairs
CRRD 230 Pre-Delivery
CRRD 235 Mechanical Components
CRRD 240 Automotive Glass
CRRD 245 Shop Management and Estimating
CRRD 250 Collision Impact Analysis
CRRD 255 Advanced Repair Techniques
CRRD 260 Prepare for Employment

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must complete the 22 courses with a minimum passing grade of 60% in each course.

Students must achieve an average grade of no less than 70% in each year.

Graduates receive an Okanagan College Collision Repair and Refinishing Diploma.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $13,435.44*

*Fees are for the entire two-year program


This program is student loan eligible.

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

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 07/06/2022