Level 3 Accident Repair Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Course Overview

A motor vehicle Accident Repair Technician repairs all elements of a vehicle after it has sustained some type of collision damage. These range from small damage through to heavily impacted types of damage requiring complex and detailed repair or replacement of major structural elements of the vehicle. Typically, the Accident Repair Technician works in a modern highly technical workshop-type environment, working on a broad range of vehicles from cars and car derived vans to light commercial vehicles.

Uniquely, they work on and obtain a level of competence in all craft aspects of vehicle accident repair, including Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET); Panel Repair & Replacement; Preparation and Paint – not just one as has been the case in the past. Additionally the Accident Repair Technician is able to interpret and work accurately to detailed and complex technical repair specifications / instructions and, at times, obtain these instructions from a range of electronic sources. An Accident Repair Technician has the ability to work in a focused, analytical and methodical fashion, completing repairs on time, every time with a right-first-time, customer focused culture under-pinning all their activities.

The Accident Repair Technician from day one embraces the need to put complete customer satisfaction, as well as commercial awareness, at the centre of everything they do. The ability to excel whilst working within a team is a key output for any Accident Repair Technician.

Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET)

Knowledge – A competent Accident Repair Technician has a good understanding of:

  • How all types of engines and propulsion systems function.
  • How electrically propelled and hybrid vehicles function.
  • How sub systems of lubrication, cooling, fuel, ignition, intake and exhaust systems operate.
  • How transmission, driveline & final drive systems operate.
  • Vehicle suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyre systems.
  • Vehicle electrical principles.
  • Vehicle electrical systems and components.
  • Skills – A competent Accident Repair Technician is able to:

  • Remove all damaged & associated components from a vehicle.
  • Re-assemble replacement or existing components to a vehicle.
  • Remove and re-assemble permanent & non-permanent fixed vehicle body panels
  • Remove and refit all types of vehicle body panels.
  • Remove and refit trim components.
  • Identify and describe principle vehicle electrical components and systems.
  • Diagnose and rectify basic vehicle electrical faults.
  • Panel Repair & Replacement

    Knowledge – A competent Accident Repair Technician has a good understanding of:

  • Vehicle thermal welding operations & techniques.
  • Vehicle bonding and adhesives procedures.
  • Vehicle body mechanical fastening operations.
  • Skills – A competent Accident Repair Technician is able to:

  • Repair all types of vehicle body panels
  • Repair or refurbish Trim components.
  • Repair vehicles using thermal welding operations and processes.
  • Repair vehicles using non thermal joining, bonding and adhesive processes.

  • Remove, repair and replace structural body panels.
  • Identify and rectify vehicle body structural misalignment.
  • Preparation & Paint

    Knowledge – A competent Accident Repair Technician has a good understanding of:

  • The various types of filler & foundation materials.
  • The different materials used in vehicle construction.
  • The preparation techniques required for different materials & surfaces.
  • Paint, basecoat & topcoats.
  • The refinishing process.
  • Which techniques & products to employ with each type of repair process.
  • Skills – A competent Accident Repair Technician is able to:

  • Apply body filler & foundation materials.
  • Prepare all types of vehicle body material.
  • Prepare & refinish metal, plastic and pre-painted surfaces.
  • Repair minor defects in all types of body panels and materials.
  • Apply paint, primer and basecoat
  • Apply topcoats and clear coats and complete final refinishing operations.
  • Identify and rectify paint or preparation defects.
  • Cross-cutting

    Knowledge – A competent Accident Repair Technician has a good understanding of:

  • Health and safety in the workplace as it relates to the accident repair environment.
  • The structure of their organisation, and where they work within that.
  • Tools & equipment and vehicle construction methods used in the accident repair workplace.
  • Skills – A competent Accident Repair Technician is able to:

  • Carry out their work safely in the workplace and adhere to relevant health and safety requirements.
  • Develop strong working relationships.
  • Behaviours

    A competent Accident Repair Technician demonstrates the following behaviours:

  • The adoption at all times of a good health and safety first mentality as standard practice.
  • A customer first approach when dealing with owners of vehicles and other clients.
  • Recognises that high quality is intrinsic in every activity throughout the accident repair process.
  • A strong and positive work ethic.
  • The ability to work in a team and be a good team member.
  • A positive attitude. Good aptitude. Excellent ambition.
  • Effective communication throughout the repair process, both with clients and with other members of the team.
  • Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications during the apprenticeship.

    This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.

    All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

    There is no charge to the apprentice
    £12,000 – employer apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice ages 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement based on circumstances.

    Call 01724 709433 Email employertraining@northlindsey.ac.uk
      • Course Title

        Level 3 Accident Repair Technician Apprenticeship Standard

      • Start Dates

        Students can start on various dates, usually any day of the year

      • Duration

        Typical completion time is likely to be 24 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.

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