Apr 21, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Employment Auto Body

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Program Description

This 12-week program provides an alternative entry into the auto body industry. Students will acquire the skills to prepare a vehicle for auto body repair by removing paint finish, taping, sanding and masking. You will learn safe auto body prep and detail practices and procedures. Hands-on practice includes substrate preparation, application of fillers and undercoats, sanding, taping and masking, installation and detail, component removal, safety and tools.

Industry Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work in industry and gain valuable experience in an operational auto body shop.

Program Overview

Your Career

With your hands-on experience, you will be ready to work in an entry-level position in the auto body repair industry. After you become an indentured apprentice, you will complete the 1800 work hours required for your Alberta journeyperson certification as an Auto Body Prepper. Complete the remaining technical training and work hours for Auto Body Refinisher or Repairer; or combine all three areas for certification as an Auto Body Technician.

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs. You must be able to read, write and understand English at a level exceeding basic conversational English to be successful in this program.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.


Professional Designations and Certifications


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

The entrance requirements will be at least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 10-2
  • Math 10-3
  • One Grade 10 Science

Or, a pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

Total Credits


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Auto Body Pre-Employment program students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all phases of auto body prepping
  • Use hand tools and powered equipment competently as per manufacturer’s specifications
  • Communicate verbally, read and understand work orders, and relate to the work of other tradespeople in the automotive industry
  • Apply primers, primer surfacers, and corrosion proofing materials

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