Training requirements

All technical personnel must complete trade specific training. Technicians are required to obtain the predetermined number of hours within the facility’s applicable accreditation training period.

Approved training is valid for one year from the date of course completion.

Note: If five or more years have passed, duplicate training will be accepted.

Prerequisite/1st year​​8 hours trade specific technical upgrade training (existing c.a.r. shop participants)
​2nd year​8 hours trade specific technical upgrade training
​3rd year​8 hours trade specific technical upgrade training
​4th year​8 hours trade specific technical upgrade training
​5th year​8 hours trade specific technical upgrade training
​6th yearNote: c.a.r. shop members’ technicians that have completed technical upgrade training and can document a minimum of five (5) years of trade specific technical training within an eight (8) year period, can apply and may be granted a training exemption. All training documentation must be in order before the request will be reviewed.
7th yearMinimum 4 hours trade specific technical upgrade training is required every second year thereafter.

c.a.r. shops with new technical employees have a 90 day probationary period before commencing training, and must have their technical training completed on or before the facility’s next annual training date. If a technician is hired within 90 days of the facility’s annual training date a new hire exemption may be granted.

Technician’s previous documented technical upgrade training may be considered for prerequisite or annual training qualifications. Gaps in training years may result in additional training being required.

Prerequisite training

The applicant’s technical personnel are required to complete prerequisite training prior to acceptance of their application. This training must be completed within a maximum of 12 months prior to the Accreditation program’s receipt of the applicant’s accreditation application.

Required training for all Refinish or Refinish Prep Technicians within Metro Vancouver

In addition, your facility must comply with Waste Management Act, Ozone Depleting Substances and other Halocarbons Regulations. For facilities within a municipality that is a member of Metro Vancouver, you must comply with the Greater Vancouver Regional District Air Quality Management Bylaw No. 1082, 2008.


Apprentices are exempt from the c.a.r. shop training requirements for the duration of their apprenticeship. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, they will receive a one year exemption from the technical training requirements. Apprentices that complete additional technical training while a registered apprentice may carry forward 8 hours of trade specific technical training and apply this to their first year of technical upgrade training to meet program requirements.

Trade specific technical upgrade training

Trade specific technical upgrade training can be acquired by any training provider. If you have questions if a course meets the definition of “trade specific technical upgrade” training, contact the Accreditation Programs department at 604-777-4513 or Please note: Detailed course outlines may be requested to determine if a course meets the criteria.

Trade specific technical upgrade training must meet the following criteria:

Trade specific technical upgrade training must:

  • Be job specific (information taught must be relevant to their certified trade, i.e. paint courses for refinish & refinish prep technicians)
  • Increase the level of expertise in the qualified technicians collision repair work.
  • Be a recognized product or procedure in the industry.

Material should include some of the following:

  • Explanation and identification of new technologies not formerly used in automotive construction.
  • Ramifications of damage to these parts (both short and long term).
  • Repair solutions for collision damage previously unaddressed in apprentice programs.
  • New Repair options for old technologies.

Trade specific upgrade training should assist the Autobody Repairer and/or Refinish technician

Be able to perform his/her daily work duties more efficiently.
Be able to perform their role in a safer manner.
Lessen the possibility of personal injury during repair.
Reduce the possibility of repair failure prior to the vehicle’s expected life span.
Limit the repair procedures impact on the environment, during repair and use of vehicle once returned to the road.

Training that does not qualify as “trade specific upgrade training” would include

  • Courses that do not require an Autobody Repairer or Refinish technician to perform the operations.
  • Management procedures.
  • Estimating procedures.
  • Cycle time reduction.
  • New vehicle technology information not including repair procedures or processes.
  • Detailing.
  • Spray booth maintenance.
  • Window tinting.
  • Stereo installation.


If you have questions about the tutorial or registration, please contact ICBC’s Collision Repair Learning Centre at 604-777-4513 or email