New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing.xml New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing

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New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing

Certificate6 months Full-time and 12 months Part-time | 3 years Part-time

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,340 - $2,760


February, July




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Equip yourself with skills for a career in the automotive repair and refinishing industry.

This autobody qualification is designed to give you all the fundamental knowledge required to start work in the industry. This is achieved through a combination of the theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on tasks similar to the daily tasks undertaken in the industry.

The programme covers workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry. It will also equip you with fundamental collision repair knowledge, enabling you to remove and replace vehicle components to assist with collision repair. You'll also gain automotive refinishing knowledge so that you can repair minor damage and prepare vehicle components for refinishing work.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you'll be able to work in entry level roles in the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry. Employment and apprenticeships in this field are readily available.

Study pathways

This qualification leads on the New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair (Non-Structural Repair) Level 4 and the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Refinishing Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 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
  • This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • In addition, you need to:

    • Be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme.
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

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

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.