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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 3 years

A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles. A technician is able to work independently and as part of a team following a defined process, using their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard. With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry. They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins. The equipment they use can include using jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, as well as new equipment such as Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre diagnostic ultrasound tools. A competent Vehicle Damage Panel Technician will meet the following competency requirements.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above is desirable

Where will I study:

Training 2000’s automotive centre, Blackburn


• Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support, this comprises of one day classroom delivery or work based learning

• Face-to-face tutorials

• Access to learning on e-portfolio

• Awarding body registration and certification

• Assessor visits

Job example

Body Panel Technician with progression to VDA Damage Assessor, Workshop Foreman, Manager.

Useful information

A competent Vehicle Damage Panel Technician on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard will meet the following requirements:


• Vehicle chassis and body alignment

• Vehicle body types

• Tools and equipment

• Removal and replacement of body panels

• Interpretation of technical data

• Alternative fuelled vehicles

• Economic use of materials

• Health and Safety

• Quality control



• Job preparation

• Working with different substrates

• Interpreting technical data

• Identify correct joining technology

• Remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels

• Correct use of tools and equipment

• Rectifying defects and faults

• Identify and communicate supplementary damage



• Embracing Change

• Adding Value

• Ethics and Integrity

• Personal Accountability

• Productivity

• Team working and Collaboration

• Effective communication

• Problem solving

Date last updated:23 February 2021

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