Auto Body Repairer

Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Restricted Trade

Trade Code 310Q
NOC 7322


An Auto Body Repairer is defined as a person who repairs motor vehicle bodies and components, plastic and fiberglass parts, glass and related components, self belt tractor systems and trim components and hardware. Other duties include:

  • Repairing, reshaping and refitting body panels, fenders and skirtings
  • Welding breaks in body panels, fenders and skirtings
  • Shrinking or stretching metal body panels by heat treatment

Personal Qualities

  • You work indoors and have to tolerate loud noises, vibrations and less than perfect environmental conditions
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and are able to bend down and reach out frequently
  • You are not bothered by paint and other odours
  • You have and use physical strength on the job
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You will make a significant investment in tools
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Auto body repairers are employed at small and medium size establishments either attached to new car dealerships, used car sales outlets or at stand-alone facilities

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however employers and unions may require Grade 12. Courses in mathematics, chemistry and transportation technology may be beneficial.
  • Completion of a 5,520 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

Centennial College – Ashtonbee Campus
P.O. Box 631, Station A
Scarborough ON M1K 5E9

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices start according to individual company rates and progress along the company’s wage scale over time
  • Wages 1 range from $10.00 to $23.00 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2009 2
  • Most tradespersons work full time for a single employer

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices are eligible to claim the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction