CNA’s Motor Vehicle Body repairer program arms students with the practical skills required to thrive in the workforce.
CAN is one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada with 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, offering close to 100 full-time programsand over 300 part-time courses.The Motor Vehicle Body repairer (Metal and paint) program is taught through the school of industrial Trades at the prince Philip Drive Campus, located on the southeast part of the island at 1 Prince Philip Drive,St. John’s, NL.
Designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce, the program trains students to repair and replace vehicle structures and body parts, remove and install interior and exterior finishes, hammer out defects, operate soldering equipment and plastic filler, remove damaged parts, weld replacement parts, straighten frames and underbodies, and perform refinishing preparation and application.
Throughout their training, students will exercise safe work practices and personal protection, use necessary tools and equipment, demonstrate correct use of chemicals, determine product application, estimate repair costs, and learn to manage customer needs, complaints, questions and special challenges.
Applicants must meet set admission requirements in order to be granted acceptance into the program. Students must meet one the following academic criteria:
1. Completion of High school.
2. Adult basic Education (Level iii), with a general college profile or business related college profile or degree and technical profile. Recommended courses: mathematics
(MA3107A, MA3107B, MA3107C) and science (3101, 3102, 3103).
3. Hold a comprehensive arts and science (Trades) certificate.
4. Meet mature student status, i.e. applicants who do not meet educational requirements, are 19 years of age or older and have been out of school for a minimum of one year.
Successful completion of the program’s entry-level courses will result in a certificate provided by CNA. Graduates may then pursue red seal Certification by securing employment, registering as an apprentice and completing the outlined advanced training and required work experience. Employment opportunities are available at auto body repair shops, automobile and truck dealerships, custom shops, and service stations.
CNA’s Motor Vehicle Body repairer (Metal and paint) certificate program runs for a duration of nine months, beginning in the month of September. Apprenticeships take approximately four to five years, leading to Journeyman status.
Students pick up the tools of the trade throughout the nine-month certificate program.