New Ontario Training Standards Now in Force

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The Ontario College of Trades has released updated standards for autobody and collision repair apprenticeships.
(Photo: Huw Evans)

Recently, the Ontario College of Trades released details of its updated training requirements for three autobody repair trades.

Previously, these three trades were grouped together under a single training standard, however the College recently took the step of creating separate logbooks for each of these trades.

The three trades in question are:

  • Autobody (310Q);
  • Automotive Painter (410N);
  • Collision Repair (310B).

Some of the key changes with the new requirements include:

  • Mandatory Estimating Damage Repair skills training (previously optional);
  • Paintless Dent Repair is now an included optional skill set;
  • Repair of Advanced Electronic Safety and Convenience Systems and Components are now included as optional skills.

Each apprentice that has an initial training agreement and who was registered on or after June 25 2015, must be trained to the new requirements and the College of Trades will mail 310B logbooks to those apprentices who join any one of these programs after the June 25 date.

It is important to note however that the change in requirements from optional to mandatory in trade 310B trade does not mean that performing that skill requires registration as an apprentice or certification as a journeyperson in the Autobody and Collision Damage Repairer trade.

In reference to the recent changes in trade requirements, John Norris, Executive Director, Ontario Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA), said, “including vehicle damage estimating as a mandatory skill and including new electronic skills are steps in the right direction to having shop techs and apprentices respond to advances in automotive technology. “

Norris added that, “new apprentices will now be more valuable and more versatile in their skills to assist in shop repair activities and help move the industry to a higher level of competence in these skilled areas.”

A copy of the updated training requirements and the implementation advisory are available here

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