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Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship

Vehicle Body & Paint Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 3


Central Campus


Course summary

Are you looking for an opportunity to earn while you learn? Then an Automotive Apprenticeship at Sandwell College is for you! On this Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship you can:

We offer a structured training programme for those in employment who want to learn and we work with employers to recruit apprentices seeking an Apprenticeship placement in the automotive industry. If you don’t think you have the necessary ‘work-ready skills’, we also offer Traineeships. This course provides the essential work preparation training, English, Maths and work experience needed to secure your Apprenticeship place.

Course requirements

To qualify for this Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship, you will need to be aged 16 years or over and must be working or applying to work with a company that has agreed that you will be working as an apprentice.

You will have achieved the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body and Paint.

You will undertake a diagnostic assessment for both maths and English and a free writing exercise prior to enrolment and gain Level 2 in both subject areas.

If you have passed Maths and English GCSE with a Grade A* to C (grade 4 or above) or functional key skills at Level 2, and can evidence this with certificate/s, you will not need to take the Maths and English functional skills qualification within the apprenticeship programme.

This Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship usually lasts 24 months and you will play a key role in working with cars, vans, motorcycles and larger vehicles which are damaged in accidents and will be taken to a body repair workshop where you will be employed.

As a technician, you will complete the process from start to finish, and in some cases, you may have specialised roles and work on one part of the repair process. This apprenticeship course will allow you to build a foundation of skills which are needed to be successful.

You will work through a variety of modules to gain the experience and skills needed to succeed as a vehicle damage paint technician. There are a wide range of units which you will study, and these include:

  • Ensuring all parts are stripped from the vehicle in order for it to be painted
  • Sanding down relevant areas and adjoining areas for blending
  • Masking out areas that will need to be treated
  • Etching and priming the area to be treated
  • Selecting, mixing and matching colour

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Competence
  • Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Apprenticeship Achievement Certificate


All learners will have a dedicated trainer/assessor who will plan learning and assessments with you. The assessment methods used will include the following:

  • Observation and assessment in the workplace
  • Exams
  • Course work
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Witness testimony

You will attend college one day per week and you will receive regular workplace assessments which will assess competency. You will be required to sit a number of exams during the programme in addition to creating a portfolio of learning.

20% of the training will be delivered off the job and this can include:

Simulation, online learning or training from employers, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, attendance at competitions and support in writing assignments.

You will progress within the workplace.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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