• Level 3
  • Reference AS-VDPAI-EPA
  • Gateway 1: AS-VDPAI-GW1

  • Gateway 2: AS-VDPAI-GW2

  • End Point Assessment: AS-VDPAI-EPA

The Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan can be found here.


Written by employers, the Vehicle Damage Paint Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for aspiring technicians looking to specialise in accident repair. Apprentices can gain expertise in the general principles of spray painting technology, paint composition, paint mixing and the various methods of paint spraying vehicles.

Designed with different learning styles in mind, IMI’s solution ensures Apprentices are fully engaged and prepared for their End-Point Assessment (EPA). This new standard is suited to those who would have typically undertaken the Level 3 Vehicle Body and Paint – Body Refinishing framework.


A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. The role is to prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents, in an efficient manner. The vehicles can include cars/light commercial vehicles. This includes ensuring correct colour match and final finish to the company's and customer's exacting standards. This is usually within a collision repair workshop or smart repair workshop/mobile repair micro-business, working alongside another fully qualified Paint Technician.

Duration: 36 months

It is expected that it will typically take three years for the Apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be less if the individual already has significant training and practical experience. 

Employer Group

NCR Bodyshops Ltd, DLG auto services, Barretts of Canterbury, JLR (Jaguar Landrover), Ford, Thatcham Research, Aviva, NCRC, LV insurance, Solusarc, Akzonobel, PPG

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices. It is recommended that the Learner demonstrates the following qualities during the selection process:

  • Problem solving and self-organisation skills
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Working well independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn

Additional Mandatory Requirements

English and Maths at Level 2 (or equivalent) is required to be held by the Learner prior to the EPA. IMI provides solutions to any Apprentice that does not have a L2 (or equivalent) in Maths or English at the outset.

Assessment Overview

There are no requirements for formative assessment. However, employers are recommending that, in addition to the formal EPA gateway, there are also on-programme gateways in place. The on-programme gateways can be used to review the Apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviour, as set out by the gateway criteria. This will also confirm that the Apprentice is meeting expectations at the EPA gateway prior to their EPA.

Gateway 1 (Optional)

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment Tool
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)

Gateway 2 (Optional)

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment Tool
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)

End-Point Assessment Gateway (Mandatory)

  • Review of eLogbook
  • English + Maths at Level 2
  • Employer confirms Apprentice is consistently working at or above the level of the standard Vehicle Damage Paint Technician

End-Point Assessment

  • Review of completed eLogbook
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)
  • Professional Discussion (supported by portfolio of evidence)

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