Vehicle Body & Paint Operations - Refinisher Level 3

The Basics

Sector: Automotive
Awarding Body: City and Guilds
Qualification: Level 3 Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations – Refinisher
Qualification Type: Apprenticeship Framework
Duration: 14 months
Type of Assessment: Continuous assessment throughout the programme

What you will Learn

> Ability to choose and utilise suitable tools and equipment for refinishing
> Prepare metal and pre-painted surfaces
> Establish paint defects
> Apply top coats and complete refinishing projects
> Skills in vehicle colour matching
> Support junior members of the team to meet targets and deadlines


As a Senior Paint Technician, you will develop your current skillset, knowledge and understanding to complete highly complex projects and manage the effective refinishing of vehicles from arrival in the workshop through to delivery back to the customer.

Your role will also include working with and developing junior members of the team to improve their skills and knowledge to ensure a highly trained, efficient team.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed either the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body & Paint Operations – Refinisher or have a vast amount of experience within this industry.

Roles Available in this Sector

> Accident Repair Technician
> Automotive Engineer
> Service Manager
> Garage Owner


> Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship

> Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operations / Departmental Management


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I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School