Vehicle Damage Paint Technician – Advanced Apprenticeship

A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician will prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Motor Vehicle, Transport and Logistics
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Technology Centre
  • Course Length Up to 24 Months.

A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician will prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents. You will be focused on whole paint activities, developing skills in colour matching and all types of finishes. The vehicles can include Cars or Light Commercial Vehicles. As a Level 3 Apprentice you will also learn to communicate with and guide others as a more experienced member of the team.

Topics include:

  • Tools and equipment used in vehicle refinishing
  • Colour matching
  • Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
  • Repairing major paint defects
  • Removing and fitting fixed motor vehicle body panels
  • Understanding all the different types of paint finishes
  • Supporting job roles in the automotive work environment
  • Health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment

Example job roles include: Vehicle Paint Sprayer/Paint Technician/Prepper/Painter/Refinish Technician/Car Sprayer/Applications Technician.


  • Level 3 Diploma
  • Level 3 VRQ and VCQ in Vehicle Accident Repair Body Refinishing
  • If required: Functional Skills (IT, English, Maths)

Next steps… Some Apprentices go straight into employment in the automotive industry now qualified to work at industry standard.

Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide, you ideally need GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support to help you achieve their requirements, either prior to your Apprenticeship via a pre-Apprenticeship or during the delivery of your programme.

  • A large modern fully equipped workshop
  • A state of the art automotive diagnostic laboratory with test simulators and rigs
  • A dedicated IT laboratory with internet access
  • Four specific automotive training classrooms
  • Meeting and function rooms
  • Attached restaurant
Additional Costs

You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.

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