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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.
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.
After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for SAIT's Auto Body Technician program.
You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
In this program, you will have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in class to real-world experience through a completed two weeks of work in an auto body mechanic shop.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Pre-Employment certificate.
Careers and opportunities
Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.
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The Pre-Employment Auto Body certificate program requires 12 credits (5 courses) to complete.
This is a theory course that delivers instruction on safety legislation, climbing, lifting, rigging and hoisting, hazardous materials and fire protection, apprenticeship training program, Alberta’s industry network, interprovincial standards, safety at workplace, regulations that affect the trade, workplace coaching skills, and communication methods.
The substrate preparation course discusses the foundations required to perform many of the entry-level auto body repairs. Topics covered include substrate identification, application of fillers, sanding, masking and application of undercoats.
Advanced Hand Skills covers the theory and practice of auto body repairs. Using safe and environmentally friendly procedures and equipment, you will gain and apply the skills necessary to remove and install body components, perform the final detailing steps for a vehicle, prepare a vehicle for the application of topcoats and undercoats, and repair small dents.
The course introduces the tools and equipment commonly used to perform basic auto body repairs in the industry and explores auto body components, methods used to fasten the components, and the removal and installation procedures.
The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component of the Pre-Employment Auto Body program gives you the opportunity to gain valuable real-world work experience in the industry. You’ll complete two weeks of your program in an auto body mechanic shop, applying the knowledge you have learned in the program and gaining practical knowledge of workplace procedures and techniques.
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.
Applicants educated in Canada
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.
- at least 50% in English Language Arts 10-2, and
- at least 50% in Math 10-3, and
- at least 50% in one Grade 10 Science.
SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.
All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.
SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
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- Domestic students: Closed
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
2023/24 tuition and fees
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.
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Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per full-time year.
This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
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Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
Steel-toe boots and safety glasses are recommended.
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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
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