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Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma

This qualification is a two year course which combines classroom based knowledge with practical skills relevant to the vehicle repair industry. This course is suitable if you have prior knowledge and experience of working in the vehicle body repair industry, your qualifications are no longer valid or you don't have relevant qualifications.


Entry requirements

  • Experience and employment within the motor industry
  • Successful Interview

Course content

This course involves theory and practical aspects, including:

  • Removing and replacing body panels
  • Removing and replacing mechanical, electrical and trim components
  • MAG/MIG welding
  • Resistance spot welding
  • Vehicle construction and materials

You will also 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 (Body).

Assessment methods

Assessment is through written phase tests, online multiple choice exams, and practical workshop based tasks that are individually assessed. On successful completion you will gain IMI certification. The course is 50% workshop-based and 50% theory.

Further study and career options

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

Additional information

During this part-time course you will need to attend College for one day a week, with a balance of training being undertaken at the workplace. You will need to provide your own safety equipment for the course, including footwear, overalls and safety goggles.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

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)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 22/09/2020 Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £4170 Vehicle Technology Centre BKD1651 Course in progress

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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