Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician (Level 1)


Program Name:

Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician (Level 1)

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Career Sector:

Mechanical Trades


Saanich’s 3-prong vision for any trade bound student is: Graduation, successful completion of Level One technical training, and becoming indentured as a Youth Work In Trades apprentice.

Program Description:

  • Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician program starts in September and runs for 5 months, Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • This program is designed for people who wish to obtain employment in the Automotive Industry as an Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician. An Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician typically, removes parts, masks, performs chemical cleaning, applies putty, sands, primes, and prepares an automobile, truck or bus for the Automotive Refinishing Technician in a safe and environmentally sound manner.


Vancouver Community College, Broadway

Post Secondary Partner:

Vancouver Community College


All South Island Partnership Programs are available to any Saanich “school aged” student registered in any Saanich District school and meeting the prerequisites for the specific program.


  • Applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. 
  • English 10 or equivalent
  • Apprentice and workplace math 10 or equivalent
  • Relevant trade experience will be considered

  • Successful completion of the school-based component of a Youth Train In Trades Automotive Service Technician program (eg “Auto-Tech”)
  • Relevant Work Experience: a minimum of 120 hours of directly related work experience


  • Registered Youth Apprentice (Youth WORK In Trades) with Industry Training Authority of BC

  • Substantial (800 to 1000) hours of relevant Work-Based Training logged as a youth apprentice in industry

Application Process:

  • Students must meet with their school based Career Counsellor to initiate the application process.  They must complete a current Camosun “program application” package, ensure they meet the minimum prerequisites, and complete a three/four year transition plan.  Once the student’s application has been accepted and the student has been offered a seat in the program of choice, the student will be supported to complete an online Vancouver Community College Registration where they will pay the application fee of $35.00.
  • This program is offered on first pay, first seat basis to all qualified applicants

Credits Earned:

  • Students will earn credit for 2 “dual credit” Automotive Service Technician courses equalling 8 credits toward graduation
  • Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician PSIZ 12A and PSIZ 12B

Materials / Equipment / Cost:

  • There is no tuition cost, but students are required to pay an application fee of $35.00.
  • At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program where you will be invoiced the remaining first installment due two months before the start of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required upon acceptance within two months of the start date.
  • Students will need to provide their own work boots, ….
  • Textbook fees are approximately $....

Transition Process:

  • In keeping with our vision for a trade bound student, we ultimately want to see the student become indentured as an apprentice in industry.  For some students this may happen before attending their first session of technical training, and for some it may occur following their Level One or Foundation training.  In either case the student will be required to spend significant time in industry involved in Work-Based Training before returning for the next level of Technical Training.  This “time on tools” varies by trade from 1000 to approximately 2000 hours until all levels of Technical Training have been successfully completed and all required Work-Based Training hours have been logged.
  • For Automotive Service Technician there are four Levels and the apprentice must log 6360 hours of WBT to complete his/her apprenticeship.

Additionally, graduates will receive the following credit by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) toward completion of the Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician apprenticeship program:

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: 450 hours

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Andrew Parsons, (Automotive Service Technician, 2012), Parkland Secondary School
Jordan Blake, (Automotive Service Technician, 2013),Stelly’s Secondary School
Gen Byl, (Automotive Service Technician, 2014), Stelly’s Secondary School
Riley Knowles, (Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician, 2015), Individual Learning Centre

Last modified: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 8:16 AM