Vehicles are becoming more complex and with the cost of them rising, the demand to repair vehicles to a high standard following accidents and accidental damage, is increasing. This means there is more of a demand in the specialised skill of repairing body work and repainting. We are one of only a few colleges in the country that deliver both Body Repair and Paint Repair Principles as a dual qualification making this a faster route into employment. This level 2 builds the basic skills and foundations to take you onto the level 3 diploma to become fully qualified. Once fully qualified, you could work for a repair garage, within the dealership network of approved repairers or also venture off onto your own by opening your own accident repair workshop or do mobile smart repairs. If this sounds like the career you want, then this is where it starts.
Your practical ability and your theoretical knowledge will be assessed through practical observations and online, multiple choice assessments.
The following are just a selection of key areas that you will cover:
• Preparation, primers and foundation materials
• Refinishing tools and equipment
• Paint defect and polishing
• MIG/MAG welding including spot welding
•Minor panel damage repair
•Strip and fit internal and external parts and panels
Due to the technical nature of the course and intensity of developing skills in both disciplines you will already hold a GCSE Grade 4 and above in English and Maths. Don't worry, if you do not hold these qualifications, your journey will start with the Level 1 Light Vehicle Maintenance course which is designed to develop your mechanical skills as well as developing the necessary core English and Maths skills needed to progress to the Level 2 Body and Paint course. If this is the case, please initially apply for the Level 1 Light vehicle course and discuss with your tutor your career path.
After completing this qualification, your next step to becoming fully qualified as a body repair and paint technician will be to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Body and Paint Principles. This qualification could also gain you employment or potentially progress into an apprenticeship.