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False Bay College Engineering

National Certificate: Automotive Body Repair
NQF Level 2


Westlake Campus
About this programme


The purpose of this qualification is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in the Automotive Body Repair industry.

This qualification will enable students to meet the challenges of an industry that has shown a rapid increase through the introduction of new technology in body repair methods.

Training in this qualification, involves developing new skills for new technology. It creates an infrastructure of sound technological support and opportunities in a labour market with a growing demand to recognise people for their skills and to meet the challenges of the automotive body repair environment.

Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Grade 11, preference will be given to Grade 12 Certificate applicants.
Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

Upon successful completion of NQF Level 2-4 in this qualification, candidates become eligible to do a Trade Test in Automotive Body Repair. Upon the successful completion of a Trade Test, candidates may be employed as a qualified Artisan in the Automotive Body Repair industry with skills to:

• Communicate with peers and supervisors in an automotive work context
• Solve recurring problems in an automotive workshop
• Use and maintain automotive workshop tools and equipment
• Remove and replace vehicle parts
• Repair damaged ferrous metal panels



  • 1-year full-time
  • 6 months at College and 6 months in the workplace
Course Content

Course content

Core Unit Standards

  • Apply sealers and cavity fillers on vehicles
  • Keep the work area safe and productive
  • Perform surface preparation on a body panel
  • Remove, replace and align body parts
  • Repair minor dents on ferrous body shells and parts
  • Select and use vehicle lifting equipment
  • Select, use and care for engineering hand tools
  • Understand the body construction and safety features of a vehicle


  • Access and use information from texts
  • Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life-related problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
  • Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in two-and three-dimensional shapes in different contexts
  • Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems
  • Write/present for a defined context


  • Operate a personal computer system
  • Adjust headlights
  • Collect and use information
  • Conduct an inspection
  • Cut materials using the oxy-fuel gas cutting process (manual cutting)
  • Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment
  • Explain the individual’s role within business
  • Manage basic personal finances
  • Perform basic welding/joining of metals
  • Polish automotive painted panels
  • Select, use and care for engineering power tools
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