This is a 1 year full time course.
About this course
Students usually start at level 1 to gain the necessary skills before progressing to level 2.
This level 1 qualification covers the basic technical needs for today's motor vehicle body and paint industry. It provides essential knowledge for the body refinisher working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of workshops, dealerships and specialist paint shops. The course will cover interpreting vehicle technical information, basic vehicle preparation, vehicle refinishing materials, tools and equipment, vehicle paint application and correcting minor defects. You also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.
Theory lessons covering the required technology are classroom based, giving you the opportunity to take notes to aid your studies. Practical lessons take place in the motor vehicle workshops and give you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to pass the assessments. You will need to bring your own overalls and safety boots for workshop sessions; all other safety equipment will be provided. You will need to bring a pen,pencil,paper and a folder to every lesson.
You need to attend regularly and be on time for every lesson.
Functional Skills lessons also form an important part of your course.
They include English and Maths to help you improve your skills in these areas. There will be exams when you are ready. The course is approximately 50% theory and 50% practical. Your progress will be reviewed regularly in tutorial sessions
Personal Study Time
You are expected to study independently in your own time, building up your knowledge of motor vehicle body and paint technology.
You will be given passwords for our online learning materials. We have a comprehensive library for you to read suitable textbooks on the subject.
Recommended reading is:
- Light Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing - Andrews
- Principles and Practice of Vehicle Body Repair - Fairbrother
Will this course suit me?
You should have willingness and a desire to study on a motor vehicle course, be able to take in technical information and demonstrate practical ability in a workshop setting.
IMI level 1 Award in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations
What students say about this course.
"it can be hard learning about the technology but it is very interesting"
"I really enjoy making a damaged car look good again"
"you have to spend some of your own time studying at home"
"the teachers are very good at showing you the best ways to do the repairs"
"I learned a lot about body repair and I am looking forward to L2"
Grade 2 in English Language and Maths or completion of a foundation certificate.