This program combines online learning with real hands on experience in a local Auto Collision repair shop. The day typically starts with the student working on the online theory portion of the program. In the afternoon the student would be in the shop. Throughout the program an instructor from VCC would come to the community and work with the student(s) on specific hands on program requirements
Automotive Collision Repair Technicians are one of the more in demand trades currently according to the BC Labour Market Review. Students that go through this program are regularly hired in the Comox Valley.
Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;
Courtenay Collision, CSN Reliable, TC Valley Collision Ltd, Willy’s Collision
An Autobody and Repair Technician apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6450 workplace hours and 750 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for ten weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.
Local Auto Collision Repair Shop
(Hands on component)
Sandwick Technical School
(VCC scheduled Instructor Visits – Dates TBD)
How do I get started?
- Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
- Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
- Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
- Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
- Sign up for S.T.E.P.
- Apply for a Trades Sampler program
- Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses
What Courses should I take?
Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the Auto Collision Repair Program in their Grade 12 year.
|Grade 10||Grade 11||
Socials 11 or 12 *
Elective 11 (CLE11*)
*Grade 11 Academic?
|Transportation Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)
VCC Auto Collision Program
Counts as Grade 12 Electives
Who can/do I talk to?
G.P. Vanier Career Office
Mark R. Isfeld Career Office
Highland Career Office
Glacier View Career Office
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens
District Trades Coordinator
Email: Steve Claassen@sd71.bc.ca
TRADES PROGRAM APPLICATION FORMSIf you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.
FILLABLE - District Application - Trades 2020 (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
FILLABLE - Grade 12 SLP - Fall 2020 (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program)
NIC Trades Application -Sample Only (See a school's Careers Department for actual one)