Pre-employment Auto Body
On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses/credits successfully completed per semester.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
This 12-week program provides an alternative entry into the auto body industry. Students will acquire the skills to prepare a vehicle for auto body repair by removing paint finish, taping, sanding and masking.
You will learn safe auto body prep and detail practices and procedures. Hands-on practice includes substrate preparation, application of fillers and undercoats, sanding, taping and masking, installation and detail, component removal, safety and tools.
With your hands-on experience, you will be ready to work in an entry-level position in the auto body repair industry. After you become an indentured apprentice, you will complete the 1800 work hours required for your Alberta journeyperson certification as an Auto Body Prepper. Complete the remaining apprenticeship education and work hours for Auto Body Refinisher or Repairer; or combine all three areas for certification as an Auto Body Technician.
Is this the right fit for me?
Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs. You must be able to read, write and understand English at a level exceeding basic conversational English to be successful in this program.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
Get more information about this and similar programs
Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the auto body industry and are prepared to become indentured auto body technician apprentices.
Potential career progression includes:
- Auto Body Technician
- Car Body Repairer
- Customer Service Technician
- Truck Body Repairer
- Motor Vehicle Tradesperson
- Service Technician
Related careers include:
- automotive manager
- service manager
Tuition and fees
- Year 1: $6,569
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits a student takes per semester.
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
This program may not have an intake every semester. See available intakes above.
Classes for this program may not start on the day term begins. Please see the specific start and end dates below or log into mySAIT to view your schedule.
|Intake semester||Semester begins||Applications open||Domestic applications close*||International applications close|
|Winter 2023||Jan. 9, 2023||March 30, 2022||Oct. 27, 2022||Now closed|
|Spring 2023||May 8, 2023||June 13, 2022||Feb. 24, 2023||Now closed|
|Summer 2023||July 4, 2023||Oct. 5, 2022||April 28, 2023||June 20, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Sept. 5, 2023||Oct. 5, 2022||June 28, 2023||May 23, 2023|
|Winter 2024||Jan. 8, 2024||March 29, 2023||Oct. 26, 2023||Sept. 28, 2023|
|Spring 2024||May 6, 2024||June 12, 2023||Feb. 23, 2024||Jan. 22, 2024|
*In some instances, domestic applications will be accepted after the application deadline. In that case, the program's intake status will remain open.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- At least 50% in English Language Arts 10-2
- At least 50% in Math 10-3
- At least 50% in one Grade 10 Science.
- a pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
Direct entry: four-step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
You must submit final transcripts/grades to show you have completed the courses and met the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline or your seat will be rescinded.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the email@example.com domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
When do classes start?
Classes for this program adhere to the following year start and end dates based on the semester the student begins their program.
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year-end date|
|Winter 2023||Feb. 21, 2023||May 12, 2023|
|Spring 2023||June 12, 2023||Aug. 31, 2023|
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|ABDY-215||Advanced Hand Skills||1.5|
|ABDY-216||Components and Detailing||3.0|
|PRAC-282||Work Integrated Learning||1.5|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
The opportunity to advance your education by transferring in, within or on from SAIT is available.
Learn more about program and institution partnership agreements.
Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $535
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee: $49
- Universal transit pass (Upass): n/a
- Student support fee: $50
- Student technology fee: $50
Student Association fees
Students registered in pre-employment programs do not pay student association fees.
Health and dental fees
Students registered in pre-employment programs are not eligible for health and dental plans.
Books and supplies*
Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per full-time year.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Program orientation for students beginning in Winter 2023 will take place on your first day of classes.*
You can also prepare by attending Big SAIT Welcome, online information sessions, international or Indigenous orientation, and completing the preparation courses below.
*Students registering in classes via open registration will need to enroll themselves in ORNT 118.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Winter 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
Steel-toe boots and safety glasses are recommended.
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 145: Orientation for Apprentices
PREP 145 is a free study skills course for apprentices and pre-employment students. Discover your learning style, develop memory techniques, learn effective ways to conquer your modules, get tips on how to write multiple-choice tests, and prepare for your apprenticeship exam. Course completion is recommended at the beginning of your first semester.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase is required this term.
Mike Steman, Academic Chair
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.