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.

In addition competitors will be expected to show their competence, skill and knowledge using various refinishing related equipment, techniques and materials e.g. abrasives and preparation materials, paint mixing and matching equipment, spray guns and air fed masks, heat lamps, spray booths, masking products, paint products, polishing and finishing equipment and other related products. Some training on equipment will be provided during the familiarisation day at the finals. 

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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Collect, analyse and organise information 

  • Plan and organise work activities 

  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques

  • Solve problems 

  • Use current technology

  • Comply with H&S legislation

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 resources section below)
  • Competitors must be at least 16 years of age on 1st September 2021 and be working towards a level 3 qualification or have achieved this no more than 12 months previous to the competition registration opening.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2022 for the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 cycle

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