Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Apprenticeship

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A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. The role is to prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents in an efficient manner. The vehicles can include Cars/Light Commercial Vehicles. This includes ensuring 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 and working alongside another fully qualified Paint Technician.

This apprenticeship will ensure you understand the general principles of spray painting technology, paint composition, paint mixing and the various methods of paint spraying vehicles.

Typical job titles include Painter, Vehicle Paint Sprayer, Paint Technician, Prepper/Painter, Refinish Technician, Car Sprayer and Applications Technician.




  • Expert working knowledge and understanding of automotive refinishing materials such as paint and fillers, and their application techniques to deliver quality results
  • Drying and curing techniques used in the finishing of vehicles
  • Body paint repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process, e.g. mixing systems, spray guns and nozzles
  • Understanding of substrates such as metal (steel/alloy) along with carbon fibre and 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
  • Understanding of the 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 manufacturer’s specified application
  • Ability to use refinishing materials following paint manufacturer’s specifications to reinstate high quality vehicle finish
  • 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

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.

Course Summary

Length of study:
3 years


Course level:
Level 3

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