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Apprenticeship / Trades

Auto Body Technician

Auto body technicians repair and replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body parts, and interior and exterior finishes. In Alberta, this trade has the following trades: auto body prepper, auto body repairer, auto body refinisher and auto body technician. Auto body technicians perform all the duties of the other three branches. For more information, see the Designated Trades Profile on Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.


Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (


Under Alberta’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to repair or replace or refinish damaged motor vehicle structures or body parts, or interior or exterior finishes.

What You Need

Terms of apprenticeship vary for some branches of this trade, ranging from 2 to 4 years (12-month periods). Each year usually includes a minimum number of hours of on-the-job training (1,590 to 1,800 hours) and includes 4 to 7 weeks of classroom instruction.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices.

Working in Alberta

Auto body technicians from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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