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Vehicle Damage Paint Technician

Level: 3
Duration: 3 years

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.

They understand the general principles of spray painting technology, paint composition, paint mixing and the various methods of paint spraying vehicles.

They prepare vehicles fully before painting to include masking, sanding and other necessary preparation work.

They are also responsible for keeping all company tools and equipment safe and in a clean, workable condition paying particular attention to the reduction of any fire hazards.

Their role includes repair, surface preparation and painting to the manufacturer paint specification. A technician is able to follow defined processes to restore the vehicle to a high-quality paint finish. This includes being able to demonstrate colour identification and select the correct materials such as primers, base coats and lacquers applied using spray equipment and utilising modern drying/curing techniques such as Ultra Violet (UV), Infrared and catalytic solutions used in the refinishing of vehicles. Create a safe environment working efficiently and reducing waste.

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 – three days per month on block release.


• 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

Paint Technician with progression onto Senior Paint Technician, Workshop Controller, Manager and Assessor.

Useful information

A competent Refinishing Technician on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard will meet the following requirements:


• Automotive refinishing materials

• Drying and curing techniques

• Tools and equipment

• Substrate identification

• Safe working practices

• Alternative fuelled vehicles

• Economic use of materials

• Health and Safety

• Quality control



• Job preparation

• Working with different substrates

• Interpreting technical data

• Following paint manufacturers guidelines

• Colour identification

• Correct use of tools and equipment

• Rectifying paint defects



• Embracing Change

• Adding Value

• Ethics and Integrity

• Personal Accountability

• Productivity

• Team working and Collaboration

• Effective communication

• Problem solving

Date last updated:05 August 2021

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