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Academy Collision Repair Programme

Academy Collision Repair Programme

Level 2

Discover if a career in motor vehicle repair is right for you, while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Collision Repair Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: One day a week

Starts the week of Feb 8th 2021 - Ends the week ending Fri Oct 1st 2021

Palmerston North - Fridays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Are you interested in the field of automotive panel and paint? Join UCOL's Academy Collision Repair Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the collision repair and finishing industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst exploring the technical skills required to repair and refinish a damaged car. 

You will learn about:
  • Masking
  • Primers
  • Fillers
  • Sanding
  • Repairs
  • The tools and equipment used in the collision repair industry
  • Health and safety
  • Petrol and fuel systems
  • The operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines
  • Cooling systems
  • Repairing minor panel damage
  • Interior and exterior motor body parts
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Collision Repair Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

Apply online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Collision Repair Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in the automotive and/or collision repair industries. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 21701 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of exterior and interior motor body parts and trim in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 29579 (Level 2) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 21693 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of tools and equipment used in the collision repair industry.

Unit Standard 21690 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Perform general servicing checks on a motor vehicle.

Unit Standard 21697 (Level 3) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of repairing minor panel damage and shrinking a repair in the collision repair industry.

Unit Standard 21710 (Level 3) (Version 2) (1 Credit)
Fill and sand a repair in the motor body industry.

Unit Standard 21703 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of masking, primers, and primer fillers in the collision repair industry.

Unit Standard 21714 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of fastening systems used in the motor industry

Unit Standard 21869 (Level 2) (Version 4) (1 Credit)
Remove and replace road wheels on a vehicle.

Unit Standard 21709 (Level 3) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Remove and replace damaged bolted-on motor body panels in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 21715 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Select and use fastening systems in the motor industry


 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Construction
  • Mechanical Technologies
  • English
  • Digital Technologies



For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Collision Repairs Programme comprises 25 Credits.

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.


How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Collision Repairs Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.