Paint Technician (IMI Award ATA)

Short Course Automotive

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Short Course
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Openshaw Campus
(Short Course - 1 day)

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If a part of your job as a technician involves the repair of vehicles after road traffic accidents, this Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA), designed by the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI) will help you to demonstrate your skills and abilities as a paint technician.

You'll focus on a number of different modules to test your competence and expertise, including priming and flatting techniques, sealing techniques and the application of clear over base (COB). Assessments will also check your skills and knowledge match agreed industry standards on panel surface preparation processes and the colour identification and mixing process.

Once you've completed the full assessment, you'll receive a recognised accreditation that lasts for three years. You'll also get a place on the IMI Professional Register, illustrating your expertise as a paint technician to employers and customers.

You'll likely have at least three years of experience in the industry, or a sector-relevant qualification, in order to learn the skills needed to pass each module in this assessment.

As well as an online test, you'll have to complete practical assessments for each of the tested modules on this course.

If you would like to develop your paint skills and abilities further, you'll be able to advance to Senior Paint Technician status with the relevant accreditation course with us here at The Manchester College.

This certification demonstrates your current abilities and expertise to both employers and customers, and will help you to succeed in a career in the automotive industry.

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The cost of this course is currently £360. If you have any further queries, please contact us on 03333 222 444 or

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If you love tinkering with cars and are never happier than when you’re wearing overalls and figuring out how things work, a career in the automotive industry could be just around the corner.

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