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Auto Body Preparation Certificate of Achievement


Credential: Certificate (non-credit)
Available: Continuing Education Classroom

Program Description

This program provides an alternative entry into the auto body industry. 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
  • Component removal, installation and detail
  • Safety and tools

This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program Overview

Industry Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work in industry and gain valuable experience in an operational auto body shop.

Your Career

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 technical training and work hours for Auto Body Refinisher or Repairer; or combine all three areas for certification as an Auto Body Technician.


This program uses the recognized apprenticeship technical training material. Successful students may be eligible to write the first period Alberta Trades Qualification exam.

Admission Requirements

Once you have registered for at least one course and have a SAIT student ID number, consider filling out and submitting the Program Declaration Form to the Office of the Registrar


This is a block registration; you must register for all courses. These courses are not available on an individual basis.

To register: call 403.284.7248 (toll-free 1.877.284.7248) or email advising@sait.ca.  

Please provide your full legal name, date of birth and SAIT ID number (if you have one).

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