Automotive Painter

Applied Certificate
Automotive Painter

Program Overview

Do you like working on cars? Do you want to get into the workforce quickly? Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Automotive Painter program could be a great fit for you. The program prepares you to work in auto body shops, auto dealerships, and the manufacturing sector. The job involves a lot of movement and an eye for detail and colour. The ability to organize multiple tasks will make you a valuable asset in the workplace.

Hands-On Learning

You will learn from experienced instructors and get practical experience in Sask Polytech's well-equipped shops. You will dismantle and assemble vehicles, hammer out small dings, prepare, prime and refinish vehicle panels, and repair paint defects. You will also spend a week in an auto body shop testing your newly acquired skills.

Automotive Painting is a 16-week applied certificate that gives you a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills you will need to work in automotive painting.

For more information, email or call 306-659-4418.

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).

Trade to Degree

The Bachelor of Applied Management (BAMgt) degree provides journeypersons the unique opportunity to leverage existing education and experience into a bachelor's degree with two years of additional study. Part-time and remote options are available.

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. Automotive painters don't just paint, they perform a variety of tasks when it comes to painting. You could find yourself specializing in painting, prepping, detailing, and troubleshooting defects.

Go for your journeyperson's ticket as an Automotive Painter and you'll find opportunities with paint manufacturers, and appraisal centres. You could also start your own auto body repair business.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Sask Polytech campus nearest you.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Delivery is subject to needs assessment. 

Length: 16 weeks


  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.


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If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

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.


2019/20 Academic Year


COMM 127
Fundamental Communication Skills
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You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 106, COMM 127A, COMM 127CE, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, PROF 100, TCOM 102, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Online - Individual, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
DOOR 120
Door Servicing
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You will learn how to remove and replace interior trim panels and remove, service and replace window regulators, door locks and associated hardware. You will also learn how to service, remove and replace movable and stationary door glass. The course content includes repairing and replacing door hinges, aligning doors and sealing doors against wind, water and dust leaks.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent), ELEC 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ELEC 120
Electrical Systems
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You will focus on identifying, diagnosing, servicing, repairing and replacing automotive wiring, electrical parts and computer components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATH 130
Industrial Mathematics
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You will review fractions, decimals and percentages. You will study basic algebra, ratio and proportion, linear measure, areas, volumes, capacities, interrelationships used in the metric and Imperial systems, wage and time calculation, and financial calculations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 165, MEAS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
METL 120
Basic Metal Work
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You will learn how to smooth and shape metal panels. You will also learn how to finish automotive panels by filing, grinding and applying body filler. The course content includes repairing minor rust damage.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PNTG 120
Basic Painting
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You will focus on preparing substrate (including sanding, masking, paint stripping and applying primers, surfacers and sealers). The course content includes mixing and applying paint to single and multiple panels, preparing and painting plastics, and cleaning and servicing spray guns, spray booths and air supply systems. You will also learn how to polish new and old finishes, and clean and detail vehicles for delivery.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 100.0
Prerequisites(s): DOOR 120, ELEC 120, SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
SFTY 126
Safe Working Procedures
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You will study and follow the basic principles of shop safety when working with and around equipment, tools and chemicals used in the auto body trade.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SHME 120
Front Sheet Metal
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You will learn how to remove, install and align bumpers, hoods, header panels, fenders, radiator supports and headlight assemblies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent), (DOOR 120, ELEC 120)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
Total semester credits: 29

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