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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician (ST0403/AP01)

Links to the Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan can be found here


Written by employers, the Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for technicians looking to specialise in accident repair. Learn to remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels and components of the vehicle safely and efficiently, using a variety of body repair panel tools, equipment and devices.

Designed with different learning styles in mind, IMI’s solution ensures apprentices are fully engaged and prepared for their End-Point Assessment (EPA). This new standard is suited to those who would have typically undertaken the Level 3 Vehicle Body and Paint – Body Repair framework.


A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the collision repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles. Technicians will use their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard.


It is expected that it will typically take three years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be less if the individual already has significant training and practical experience. 


NCR Bodyshops Ltd, DLG auto services, Barretts of Canterbury, JLR (Jaguar Landrover), Ford, Thatcham Research, Aviva, NCRC, LV insurance, Solusarc


Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. It is recommended during the selection process that the learner demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Problem solving and self-organisation skills
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn


English and maths at Level 2 (or equivalent) is required to be held by the learner prior to the EPA. IMI provides solutions to any apprentice that does not have a L2 (or equivalent) in maths or English at the outset.


There are no requirements for formative assessment. However, employers are recommending that, in addition to the formal EPA gateway, there are also on-programme gateways in place. The on-programme gateways can be used to review the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviour, as set out by the gateway criteria. This will also confirm that the apprentice is meeting expectations at the EPA gateway prior to their EPA.

Gateway 1 (Optional)

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment tool
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)

Gateway 2 (Optional)

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment tool
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)

End-Point Assessment Gateway (Mandatory)

  • Level 2 English and maths
  • Review of eLogbook
  • Employer confirms apprentice is consistently working at or above the level of the standard Vehicle Damage Panel Technician

End-Point Assessment

  • Review of completed eLogbook
  • Practical Skills Test
  • Knowledge Test (Online)
  • Professional Discussion (supported by portfolio of evidence)


IMI Approved Centres can apply to offer this apprenticeship standard here.
Alternatively call us on +44 (0)1992 511521 and we will be happy to help.