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Vehicle Damage Paint Technician

A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. Their role is to prepare, spray, and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents in an efficient manner.
3 years
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park

The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles. The role includes ensuring the correct colour match and final finish to the company and customers' exacting standards, this is usually within a collision repair workshop or smart repair workshops/mobile repair micro business & working alongside another fully qualified Paint Technician.

Job roles include:

  • Painters
  • Vehicle Paint Sprayer
  • Paint Technician
  • Prepper/Painter
  • Refinish Technician
  • Car Sprayer
  • Applications Technician

When does the course start?

We offer various start dates, please contact us for further information.

What does the course cover?

On this apprenticeship programme you will need to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected from a competent Vehicle Damage Paint Technician, these include:


  • Expert working knowledge & understanding of Automotive refinishing materials such as paint and fillers and their application techniques to deliver quality results
  • Drying and curing techniques use in the finishing of vehicles
  • Body paint repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g. mixing systems, spray guns and nozzles, paint
  • Substrates such as metal (steel/alloy) along with carbon fibre & glass reinforced plastic to select the correct refinish process and materials
  • Safe handling and risks in the management of solvents, high voltage components, conventional and alternate fuelled vehicles and other areas of significant risk
  • Calculation/estimation of paint volume requirements per job
  • Health & safety and compliance requirements of a collision repair business, such as control of substances
  • Their direct commercial productivity and efficiency impact of their role within the whole repair process such as understanding causes for paint defects to reduce waste and the techniques required to prevent these e.g. paint runs. The impact of rework on resources and reputation
  • Quality control process and the implications of poor quality repairs


  • Ability to undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair e.g. substrate surface preparation, paint volume calculation etc.
  • Ability to correctly identify the substrate materials to be refinished e.g. plastic, steel, aluminium etc.
  • Ability to interpret relevant technical data and methods to create paint manufactures specified application
  • Ability to use refinishing materials following paint manufacturer specifications to reinstate vehicle finish back to high quality
  • Ability to identify and operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g mixing systems, paint booths, UV lamps and spray equipment


  • Use all the knowledge and skills developed to carry out tasks in a safe and efficient manner, complying with all business operating procedures and policies
  • Operate as an effective team member and take responsibility, be honest and accountable when things go wrong, tracking their own progress and informing others if deadlines are at risk
  • Proactively find opportunities to learn about the wider business.
  • Commitment to customer service and meeting deadlines by being flexible with their time and willingness to take on tasks outside of their job role to ensure goals are met
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional development, keeping knowledge and skills up to date with emerging technology to perform the role effectively
  • Anticipate problems and put steps in place to avoid them, where problems do occur explore and address the cause
  • Effectively communicate with customers and colleagues
When will I attend?

Attendance is required 1 day per week.

What will I achieve?

On successful completion, you will achieve a Level 3 Vehicle Paint Apprenticeship Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

Ideally, you will have a minimum of 5 GCSE's grade 4/C or above or level 2 equivalent including maths and English.

If you do not hold the recommended English and maths qualifications then, you will need to achieve these prior to taking the end-point assessment.

How much does the course cost?

There is no fee for the learner. For information on costs to the employer, please contact us.