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L3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles

Who is it suitable for?

This VRQ provides the essential knowledge and skills for vehicle body paint operators working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist paint businesses.


This L3 qualification covers both theory and practical aspects, including:

  • the preparation and application procedures
  • the diagnosis and rectifying of paint faults 
  • working with plastic materials and components
  • preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
  • establishing paint defects
  • applying topcoats and completing refinishing
  • colour matching

Learners 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 Advanced Apprenticeship framework (for Paint).


When an apprentice has achieved a Level 3 Apprenticeship, they can then choose to broaden their education and training in other ways from this firm base.


The assessment is made up of three components which are set by IMI Awards:

  • practical tasks
  • online testing
  • written assignment / coursework

Want to know more?

Please contact an IMI approved centre.

Declared Purpose IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles
Honda Letter of Support
IMI PB Letter of Support
SMMT Letter of Support
Thatcham Letter of Support

Vauxhall Letter of Support





View this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications