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New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3)

Level 3

Gain essential skills for a career as a panel-beater or painter in the panel-beating or crash repair industry with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3).

  • A student painting a car in UCOL's dedicated facilityA student painting a car in UCOL's dedicated facility
  • A student mixing paint in the spray boothA student mixing paint in the spray booth
  • A student receiving car painting instructionA student receiving car painting instruction
  • A student getting ready to paintA student getting ready to paint
  • A student spray painting a carA student spray painting a car
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
12 Feb 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 27 Apr 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$6,087.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you're seeking to join the panel-beating and collision repair industry, gain the fundamental skills required in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3).

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3) will be able to work as collision repair component removers and refitters, and/or automotive refinishing preparers, or similar entry level roles in the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry.

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3) will cover the following:

Health, Safety and Tools (15 credits)
Learn how to follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry.  

Cooling and HVAC (10 credits)
Learn to identify and remove and replace HVAC and cooling systems components and store them according to recommended procedures.

Light Engineering (20 credits)
Use hand and power tools, and workshop engineering equipment to complete basic collision repair and automotive refinishing industry engineering workshop tasks.

Vehicle Exterior and Interior Components (20 credits)
Learn how to select the appropriate tools, products and equipment to remove and replace interior and exterior vehicle components and store them according to company policies. 

Critical Vehicle Systems (15 credits)
Learn to identify, remove and replace critical vehicle systems components such as brakes, steering, suspension, safety systems and electrical components to manufacturer recommendations.

Assess for Approrpriate Repair Procedure (10 credits)
Select the appropriate tools, products and equipment to assess a vehicle for minor repairs. 

Repair Minor Panel Damage (15 credits)
Select and use the appropriate tools, products and equipment to repair minor panel damage on a motor vehicle.

Prepare Vehicle Component for Refinishing (15 credits)
Learn how to repair vehicle components for refinishing by using appropriate tools, products and equipment according to current industry practices.


Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Automotive Panel and Paint

 Industry Connections

  • Panel beating
  • Coach building
  • Motor trimming
  • Chassis repair
  • Fabrication and automotive refinishing
  • Realignment
  • Plastic repair
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Panelbeaters.

 Learning Facilities

A panel and paint spray room, tint room, and workshop.


 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

A Class 1 full driver’s licence (or working towards) is recommended on entry to this programme.

Basic computing skills are an advantage.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international students.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Applicants under 20 years of age:
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3) comprises 120 credits.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in an automotive environment and are advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Work experience
Students engaging in UCOL directed work experience will need to successfully complete the induction of Safety Knowledge in the Workplace environment as per programme requirements.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes they can demonstrate specified competencies.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3):

  • Steel cap boots $80 - $100
  • Cotton, long-sleeved overalls $50

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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