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

Programme highlights

If you love the beauty of cars, this could be the career choice for you. Not only will you learn how to repair and replace car body parts, you will also develop painting and finishing techniques that can transform a vehicle into a work of art.

This qualification will prepare you for the industry by highlighting the appropriate policies, procedures and regulations for working safely and efficiently in a workshop. It covers the role of electrical and emerging technology systems within a vehicle and how to avoid damaging them, plus the effect of impact on vehicles. You will also learn how to use the tools to prepare and paint panels as well as enhance your knowledge of bodywork construction methods and materials. Upon graduation you will be ready to work as an apprentice in the automotive panelbeating or refinishing industries.

This full or part-time course is available at our purpose-built workshops at MIT Otara. It is recommended that you complete at least 40 hours of relevant work experience during the programme. If you are unable to find this work yourself, you may be assisted into employment through the School’s contacts in the industry.

Where ever possible students will be supported to undertake a minimum 40 hours of relevant work experience during the duration of the programme.  The work experience is non-credit bearing.  Where a student has been unable to find work experience the tutor will support the search for appropriate experience. Students in this category may gain workplace experience in MIT’s purpose built training workshops outside of scheduled class hours under the guidance of a tutor/technician.  Through the School’s industry engagement, opportunities do arise for students to gain work experience with companies within the Auckland isthmus and these connections will be discussed with students to ensure an appropriate fit with the company.

Key facts

Study Method One year (full-time)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees $6,500 (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$19,600 (approx.)
Study Location MIT Otara

Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme students will have the background and attributes required to secure an apprenticeship in the field of automotive panel beating or refinishing.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

Workshop Safety: Follow workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in the collision repair and automotive refinishing industry

Motor Body electrical systems: To develop students’ knowledge of electrical principles in vehicle circuits and protect vehicle electronics

Vehicle systems and emerging technologies: Students will have the understanding to determine layout and knowledge of vehicle systems within emerging technologies

Motor vehicle body panels and components: To remove and replace exterior and interior motor body parts, body panels and trim on a motor vehicle

Prepare and Paint Panels: To apply refinish knowledge in order to repair minor damage and prepare vehicle panel surfaces

General  engineering tools and equipment: Use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering tasks in the motorbody and refinish industries

Vehicle bodywork construction and materials: Understand vehicle bodywork construction materials and methods and the effect of impact on vehicles

Further study

Students who wish to pursue a career in motor body technology will have the opportunity to continue at MIT in a new programme under development for 2018 delivery. Refinishing students may choose to progress to a MITO apprenticeship.

Programme Code 3008
Qualification NZ Certificate

Full time = one year

Start Dates February and July

Start dates

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Offered by

Faculty of Engineering and Trades - School of Automotive and Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements


It is recommended that applicants are working toward or have a Class 1 full drivers licence.


Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

NCEA 1, 40 credits or above, preferably in technology based subjects.  

  • Includes a minimum of 10 NCEA Literacy credits at level 1 AND
  • Includes a minimum of 10 Mathematics credits at Level 1 or above


Can demonstrate relevant work experience with the approval of the Industry Manager/Programme Leader


Have successfully completed a New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 or equivalent

English Language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. International students will demonstrate this by meeting the current NZQA requirements:


Regulatory  or other requirements

No additional criteria are applicable.

Other Requirements/Recommendations

Applicants are not required to attend an interview, however a programme information session will be held to ensure all applicants have the opportunity to gain information about the programme, its requirements, and ensure that they have selected the appropriate programme of study.

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a trade workshop environment.

It is recommended applicants to this programme as a co-requisite are working towards a Class 1 full driver’s licence.

Within specific areas of this industry pre-employment and regular drug and alcohol testing may be undertaken.


Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted on to the programme on a first-come-first served basis

International students

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Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

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