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Vehicle Accident & Repair (Paint Principles) IMI Level 3 Diploma

  • FULL L3
  • ALL
  • EHCP

This Level 3 qualification covers technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including diagnosis and rectification procedures for major paint damage. It provides essential knowledge for the body refinishing industry, working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.


Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed a Level 2 Vehicle Body Repair course, or show suitable workplace experience.

Course content

This Level 3 qualification covers both theory and practical aspects, including:

  • The preparation and application procedures
  • The diagnosis and rectifying of paint faults 
  • Working with plastic materials and components
  • Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
  • Establishing paint defects
  • Applying topcoats including pearls and metallic finishes (water based) and completing refinishing
  • Colour matching

You will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage. This qualification also forms the knowledge component (technical certificate) of the IMI SSC Accident Repair Advanced Apprenticeship framework (Paint).

Assessment methods

The student’s knowledge is assessed by IMI Awards set practical assessments in a motor vehicle workshop environment, IMI Awards set on-line and multiple-choice testing and written assessments. The course is 50% workshop-based and 50% theory.

Further study and career options

This Level 3 qualification also prepares technicians for the Body Shop Technician Accreditation assessment at Technician level.

Additional information

You will need to provide your own safety equipment for the courses, including safety footwear, overalls and safety goggles. There is an additional cost of £12 for trips/activities and £24 for uniform.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 21/09/2018 Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £5421 Vehicle Technology Centre D1197 Course in progress

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