Automotive Painter

Automotive Painter Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 410N
NOC 7322


An Automotive Painter is defined as a person who refinishes motor vehicle bodies by sanding, spot filling,priming, conditioning and painting. Other duties include:

  • Read work orders and inspecting condition of vehicle
  • Sand repaired body surface using hand and power tools, spot fill and prime
  • Mask and tape for multi-tone paint work and protective requirements
  • Prepare paint booth equipment
  • Mix paint and components and match colours
  • Use equipment, brush or spray guns to apply primer, paint, enamel, lacquer or other non-metallic protective and decorative coatings to automobiles
  • Dry or bake newly painted surfaces
  • Refinish galvanized outer panels and anodised aluminium mouldings
  • Apply decals, transfers, stencils and other types of identification to finished paint work
  • Inspect job and repair faults
  • Apply or restore anti-corrosion treatments

Personal Qualities

  • You will work indoors with noise and environmental conditions that can be dusty and dirty with exposure to exhaust fumes, dust particles, chemicals and solvents
  • You enjoy working to close tolerances
  • You have the stamina to stand for long periods, bend, stoop, crouch, reach and kneel
  • You are not bothered by paint and other odours
  • You like to learn new things
  • You have good manual dexterity
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive painters are employed by auto body repair shops, automotive and truck dealerships, custom auto shops, trucking companies and bus lines

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4,560 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 4,800 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

Automotive Industries Association of Canada