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L1 Certificate in Automotive Refinishing

This qualification is available in England and Northern Ireland only.

Who is it suitable for?

This Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) is primarily designed to engage and motivate aged 14 to 19 year olds who are interested in learning about the refinishing (paint) of motor vehicles, the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry, and would therefore like a qualification that will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.  However selection criteria for entry should take into account each applicant's existing academic/vocational qualifications, experience, and interest in working in the industry sectors.


This qualification has a predominately practical approach to assessment, and includes many visual questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest the learner.

The qualification’s combination of units provides learners with the flexibility in the choice of the areas they wish to develop their knowledge and skills in.

All learners will develop their knowledge and skills in:

  • health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • vehicle refinishing tools and equipment

Learners have the opportunity develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas, and also the option to achieve Level 2 units, which will support the learner’s progression to an IMI Level 2 Certificate (VRQ) in the appropriate career route.  Examples of some of the unit options available follow:

  • introduction to the retail automotive maintenance and repair industry
  • basic vehicle preparation
  • vehicle refinishing materials
  • vehicle paint application and minor defect rectification
  • vehicle body repair practices and procedures
  • vehicle body repair materials
  • removing and fitting non-permanently fixed motor vehicle body panels
  • removing and fitting trim components
  • vehicle electrical foundation skills
  • introduction to low carbon technologies in the automotive industry


This Certificate is ideal for those learners who wish to undertake a qualification which will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry and to a Level 2 Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ).  It can also supplement their progress to GCSEs and other appropriate destinations, such as the Institute of the Motor Industry Sector Skills Council (IMI SSC) Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2, or employment.


The assessments for this qualification have a practical focus and combine various assessment styles/methodologies in order to suit the subject and levels of units contained within it

Want to know more?

Please contact an IMI approved centre.



View this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications