A Panel Beating Apprenticeship (aka Automotive Body Repairers) will prepare you for a job where you will repair damage to metal, plastic and fibreglass bodywork on vehicles, as well as make and form vehicle panels. On-the-job training as a Panel Beater apprentice could see you working in a crash repairer, new or used car dealership, or even with a motor vehicle manufacturer.

Depending on the size of the organisation where you complete your on-the-job training Panel Beaters can go on to supervisor and management level positions. With experience, further training and qualifications there are also opportunities for Panel Beaters to move into the insurance industry as Loss Assessors.

This trade requires a three-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout the duration of your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.

A day on the job in Panel Beating

Remove damaged panels and components by unbolting or cutting them away
Straighten badly damaged vehicles using mechanical and hydraulic equipment to obtain door, boot and bonnet clearances
Use oxy acetylene and electric welding equipment to cut and join replace sections or damaged panels
Fill depressions with plastic filler, and file, grind and sand repaired surfaces using power and hand tools
Fit the repaired panel on the framework of the vehicle and refit body hardware such as door locks and door trims
Help vehicle body builders to build custom designed, specialty or vintage vehicles
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Skill Requirements for success in Panel Beating Apprenticeships

  • Practical and manual work
  • Spatial awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • No skin allergies


  • Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

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