Tropicana Employment Centre (TEC)

Auto Body & Collision Damage Repairer 310B

Pre-Apprenticeship L-1

The Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer 310B Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 Program is tuition free, as it is funded by the Government of Ontario, and is designed as a stepping-stone to finding a full apprenticeship for its participants. This program runs for 30 weeks; the in-class portion runs from April to August, and the work placement runs from September to November.


  • 18 to 30 years of age
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (with social insurance (SIN) card)
  • OSSD (Grade 12 diploma) or equivalent
  • Must be able to commit to 30 weeks of training

Career Opportunities for Graduates:

  • Auto Body and Collision Technician Apprentice
  • Auto Collision Damage Estimator
  • Service Advisor
  • Parts Technician Apprentice

Program Details:

  • 6 weeks academic upgrading TDSB/ESU & Pre-employment training
  • Level-1 apprenticeship training
    • 12 weeks technical training at Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus
    • 12-weeks paid work placement at a body shop
  • Free toolkit and course materials
  • Free TTC Presto Pass during in-class school session
  • An opportunity to earn the Tropicana’s Student Success Scholarship


To submit an application you must be 18 to 30 years old at the time of your application, and will require the following:

  • High School Transcripts, Equivalency Certificate, or High School Diploma (OSSD or GED) or Equivalent
  • Resume (include volunteer work)
  • 3 non-relative references

If accepted, you will need to provide the following before starting the program:

  • SIN Card
  • Valid driver’s license