Overview of the Role

A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles. A technician is able to work independently and as part of a team, following a defined process. They use their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard.

With motor vehicle technology changing all the time, panel technicians keep up-to-date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry. They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins. The equipment they use can include jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, as well as new equipment such as Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre diagnostic ultrasound tools. A competent Vehicle Damage Panel Technician will meet the competency requirements outlined on this page.

Gateway Requirements

  • Confirmation from the employer that they are confident the apprentice is occupational competent
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • A Portfolio of Evidence to be used in the Professional Discussion.

Knowledge Test

  • Online exam – 90 minutes containing 60 questions:
    • A Chassis and Body Alignment section, an Interpretation of Technical Data section and a Key Process for Panel Repair section (12 available marks per section, 29 marks out of the possible 36 must be achieved to pass)
    • A Vehicle Body Types section, a Use of Body Panel Repair section, a Removal and Replacement of Body Panels section and a Health & Safety and Compliance section (6 available marks per section, 19 marks out of the possible 24 must be achieved to pass)
    • Graded as Fail/Pass/Distinction.

Skills Test

  • A three-day practical observation of the apprentice in a controlled environment.
    • A range of 5 practical tasks, providing an opportunity for the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours.
    • Graded as Fail/Pass/Distinction.

Professional Discussion

  • 45 minutes structured discussion:
    • Apprentice portfolio used to exemplify performance
    • Assesses selected knowledge, skills and behaviours
    • Graded as Fail/Pass/Distinction.

Overall Grade and Certification

  • Graded Fail/Pass/Distinction
  • We’ll activate certification once the apprentice has successfully completed all EPAs, and the IEPA has verified this. Working with the apprenticeship certificate issuing authority, we’ll ensure the apprentice receives their certificate.

For further information regarding the apprenticeship standard and assessment plan, including the full details of the assessment methods, please see the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.