Auto Body Technician


Program Overview

Note: The winter 2021 Regina and Saskatoon intakes of this program are suspended.

Do you like working on cars? Want to get into the workforce quickly? Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Auto Body Technician program could be a great fit for you. The program prepares you for work in auto body shops, auto dealerships and private garages.

The job involves bending, standing and lifting heavy equipment. But it’s also creative work—a good eye for colour and detail will ensure your skills are in demand.

Auto Body Technician is a one-year certificate program offered on campus in Saskatoon and in Regina.

Note: The Regina (January) delivery of this program is marketed almost exclusively to international students with a study permit, although it may be available to domestic students as well. 

The program gives you a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in motor vehicle body repair and refinishing. You’ll get practical training in:

  • basic and advanced metal work;
  • basic and advanced painting;
  • benchwork and safe working procedures;
  • door servicing, glass installation and electrical systems;
  • front sheet metal and plastic material repair;
  • industry communications and math;
  • welding.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll learn from experienced instructors and get practical experience in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped auto body shops. You’ll hammer out dings, paint a vehicle, install a glass windshield, align a bumper and more. You’ll also spend two weeks in an auto body repair shop getting a first-hand taste of the job.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Professional Recognition

Sask Polytech's Auto Body shop is professionally recognized as the only auto body school shop in North America to receive a Certified Collision Care certification.

Nissan Certified     Kia Certified Profirst Certified

FCA certifiedFord CertifiedCertified Collision Care

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for entry-level positions in auto body repair shops, private garages, paint shops and large commercial fleets. Auto body techs are trained in a variety of tasks, but you could find yourself specializing in painting, frame and wheel alignment, glass installation or body repair.

Go for your journeyperson’s ticket as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and you’ll find opportunities for supervisory positions and with appraisal centres. You could also start your own auto body repair business.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Automotive Glass InstallerMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$35,400 - $72,800
Collision EstimatorMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$35,400 - $72,800
Body TechnicianMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$35,400 - $72,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

August (Regina and Saskatoon); January (Regina and Saskatoon; international students)

Length: 30 weeks

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  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year


International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Additional Information

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  • Personal Readiness
  • Applicants who are indigenous, newcomers, have a disability or are women may qualify for Creating Opportunities for Entry Into the Trades (COET) funding. Find out more.

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