Accident Repair Technician – Body & Paint Advanced Apprenticeship

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Motor Vehicle

Gaining skills and qualifications in body repair and paint can lead to a whole range of career possibilities, whether that’s accident repair, working in the manufacturing sector or in bespoke customisation and modification workshops.

The apprenticeship route usually takes two years to complete and you will need a business to employ you
throughout your training.

This apprenticeship is unique in that it will allow you to gain experience, skills and knowledge in all disciplines of accident repair: body repair, paint spraying and Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) technician skills. Giving you many more career options at the end of the qualification.



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Ideal if:

You would like the chance to work while learning and earning in the accident repair sector.

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs including English and maths at grade 4 or above are usually standard requirements, the employer may also have some specific requirements depending upon the type of business.

What You Will Learn:

Topics covered will include:

MET – safe removal of damaged components and replacing or repairing. Understanding propulsion systems and electrically propelled hybrid vehicles. Electrical systems and components and safe removal of permanent and non-permanent body parts.

Panel repair – learning vehicle thermal welding techniques, understanding different bonding and adhesives and mechanical fastening operations. Panel beating, panel removal and installation, and repairing and refurbishing trim components.

Paint – learning about different types of filler and materials needed for different surfaces. Understanding basecoat and topcoat paint finishes.


You will spend one day per week at college, with the rest of the week spent in the workplace. From our experienced lecturing team you will learn a wide range of skills: how to use workshop equipment and understand the latest theory and legislation for the sector.

You’ll love:

Learning valuable skills whilst earning a wage.


Full-time work with your current employer as a fully qualified technician.

Working full-time for another organisation as a vehicle body repair specialist with the potential of earning up to £30K per year.

Careers in this industry 

- MET technician
- Paint sprayer
- Bodyshop technician
- Panel beater
- Vehicle estimator
- Vehicle prepper



Accident Repair Technician - Body & Paint Advanced Apprenticeship

Start Date

September 2018




2 years

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.