National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) Level 3 National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) (Collision Repair or Refinishing) Level 3

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CertificatePart time over 2 years for Collision Repair strand and part time over 18 months for Refinishing strand.

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



Advised on enrolment


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Enhance your skills and knowledge in collision repair or refinishing with this programme which you complete while working in the automotive body industry.

Our part time programme is completed while you work in the industry and you can focus on either collision repair or refinishing.

We teach you how to problem solve, remove, repair and replace interior components, vehicle body construction and repair, and vehicle safety systems. We also cover damage, steering and suspension component replacement.

You will learn about preparation, body corrosion and anti-corrosion, undercoating and painting, and how to use workshop and refinishing equipment. Other aspects include application of adhesive strips, paint and colour defects, plus pearl, two pack and waterborne paint systems.

Part of this programme includes performing general engineering and welding operations. We also train you in everyday business tasks like estimating and costing repair jobs, and helping with customer enquiries.

To successfully complete this programme you need to speak and understand English to a level that will ensure safe work instructions are able to be followed.

You will need to have good English and mathematics skills to assist with your understanding of theory and calculations.

You will need to have the physical ability to work in all areas of the trade.

You must be able to work in a busy trades-related environment.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 185 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this national certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this National Certificate you will be able to work in collision repair or a refinishing workshop as a qualified assistant technician. With further study you may look at moving into mechanical repairs on heavy industrial vehicles for civil contracting and mining companies and command a higher income.

Study pathways

This qualification lead on to National Certificate qualifications at Level 4. Specialised training is also available at Level 5 with the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Advanced Technical) with strands in Automotive Electrical and Mechanical, and Collision Repair.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics