Automotive Refinishing technicians assess and repair vehicle paint work after accident damage. They prepare panels, match colours and apply paint to the vehicle, restoring it to factory finish using advanced processes and specialist techniques.

The competition has been designed to assess the skills, knowledge and abilities of refinishing technicians against current industry standards and working practices.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Colour identification and mixing

  • Masking techniques

  • Paint application

  • Priming

  • Sealing techniques

  • Damage repair

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Entrants must be familiar with all of the core competencies (found via the link in the useful information section below)
  • There is no age limit to entry, however, entrants must be working towards a level 3 qualification or have achieved this no more than 12 months previous to the competition registration opening.

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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  • Registration for our competitions 2021 will open on 19 April 2021. Register your interest today and we'll remind you when we open.
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