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Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma

This Level 2 qualification covers technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including the preparation and finishing of accident damaged vehicles. It provides essential knowledge for the vehicle refinishing industry, working on a wide range of materials in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.


Entry requirements

  • Experience and employment within the motor industry
  • Successful Interview

Course content

This Level 2 qualification covers both theory and practical aspects, including:

    • Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
    • The preparation and application of foundation materials
    • Refinishing tools and equipment
    • Rectification of minor paint defects
    • Working with plastic materials and components

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 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

Students can progress onto a Level 3 Accident Repair Paint Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma. This Level 2 qualification also prepares technicians for ATA assessment at Paint Technician level.

Additional information

You will need to provide your own safety equipment for the courses, including safety footwear, overalls and respirator.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 24/09/2020 Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £3196 Vehicle Technology Centre BKD1196 Course in progress

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