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L1 Diploma in Automotive Refinishing

Who is it suitable for?

This Diploma is ideal for learners aged 16+ who enjoy a practical environment, are interested in vehicle refinishing (paint repair) and wish to develop and broaden their experience at a level suiting their ability.

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 Diploma 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 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.

 SMMT Letter of Support 2015.pdf

L1 Dip in ARef Purpose Statement FINAL V2 June 2015.doc

View this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications