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What will I learn?

Auto body repair technicians work with their hands, have variety in their day-to-day tasks and see their work take shape before their eyes. They are also in high demand as manufacturers continue to develop vehicles using new materials and methods that demand cutting-edge repair techniques, tools and materials.

Auto Body Repair Courses

Fanshawe's auto body repair courses focus on the practical skills used by entry-level auto body repairers: welding, refinishing, metalworking and body repair. While in the program, you will have numerous opportunities to perfect your craftsmanship in our state-of-the-art repair shop and develop a strong foundational understanding of the technologies and techniques used in the auto body repair field.

You will also learn how to assess vehicle damage, develop repair estimates using proper etiquette, work with common industry software and learn the fundamentals behind shop operation. These are all important skills for graduates to succeed in the auto body and collision damage repair trade and thrive in this high demand industry.

Career Opportunities for Auto Body Repair Technicians

Auto body repair technicians are in demand and Fanshawe's auto body repair training programs are highly recognized by employers throughout Ontario. Statistics show that there are three positions available for every two applicants coming into the trade.

Arrangements will be made for graduates of this program to write the level one apprenticeship exemption exam, rewarding them one year's credit toward their three-year apprenticeship schooling.

Graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce as an auto body apprentice and may choose to write the exam for Ontario College of Trades Apprentice Training Standard for Auto Body (Branch 1) to accelerate their apprenticeship. Graduates may work as an estimator, insurance company appraiser, or with an aftermarket supply company.

Program Description

Auto Body Repair Techniques is a one-year Ontario College Certificate program that prepares graduates to enter the auto body repair field. The curriculum focuses on the practical skills used by entry-level auto body repairers: welding, refinishing, and body and frame repair. Students also learn how to assess vehicle damage and develop repair estimates.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Under appropriate supervision, repair and refinish damage to automotive bodies and frames, and inspect and repair vehicle safety devices.

2. Under appropriate supervision, use diagnostic equipment and basic repair techniques to service automotive power train, tires and rims, fuel and electrical systems, and heating, air conditioning and cooling systems.

3. Repair rust on vehicles and apply corrosion protection where appropriate.

4. Access information to remain current with advanced trade techniques in auto body repair.

5. Assess vehicle damage and provide repair estimates to clients.

6. Perform basic auto body business accounting to calculate inventory, damage and repair estimates.

7. Make ethical business decisions when conducting sales and interacting with clients. 8. Communicate effectively to build and maintain client relationships.

Which department am I in?

School of Transportation Technology and Apprenticeship

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Total fees due per term: Level 1, 2 - CAN $8,592.86

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2021


Fanshawe College

London campus,

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard,


Ontario (ON),

N5Y 5R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Student must have: OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream OR Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) OR Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate OR Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) OR Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

90.3% of Fanshawe graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation, and 85.8% of employers are satisfied with their performances.

  • One of Ontario's largest colleges, offering 200 programs
  • Scenic campus set across 100 acres in the “Forest City”
  • High student satisfaction for education quality (KPIs)
  • Strong ties with leading industries and organizations