Maintenance and Repair

This course runs for up to 2 years

The next available start date for this course is 02/09/2024.


Course information


Course Content

  • Learning how to remove and replacing the following: Brakes, Tyres, Exhaust Systems and suspension components.
  • Carrying out routine servicing.
  • Learning how different kinds of engines sensors and components work
  • Carrying out practical tasks on real vehicles.
  • Diagnosing and rectifying engine and vehicle faults using our up-to-date diagnostic tool.
  • Learning about electric vehicle and hybrid technologies, regenerative braking systems and complex vehicle lighting systems.


Transferable Skills

Good basic mechanical knowledge will equip you with the ability to fix many other things. Light Vehicle Maintenance and repair skills can also help you progress in a Mechanical Engineering Degree.


How long will it take

Each VCQ qualification can be completed within 2 years. If you are a faster learner then each level of your qualification can be completed at your pace allowing you to become more practically skilled quicker.



Progression is from Level 2 to Level 3 in all programmes, if and when you gain a Level 3 this can be used to progress to a University.


Useful to know

Good light vehicle technicians are highly sought after in many working roles and many who serve an apprenticeship progress to running their own business.

Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship course at Riverpark Training Northern Ireland


The next available start date for this course is 02/09/2024.

Apply now and secure your place.


What People Say

  • Jonathan started as an apprentice panel technician in Prestige Body Repair in Carrickfergus in 2002 and achieved his NVQ Level 3 in 2005, he since then moved to Wrights ARC Mal- lusk where he worked as a panel technician until 2008. He then joined AXA insurance as an in house engineer and has recently completed his Insurance Engineers exam at Riverpark Training which now makes him a fully qualified Field Engineer within the Insurance Industry

    Jonathan McAree 2018-05-02

  • David started his training in 2003 and completed his NVQ Level 3 in 2006. He was employed as an apprentice panel technician with Agnew Accident Repair Centre and has worked on high end vehicles such as Porsche, Mercedes and BMW. He was promoted to Vehicle Damage Assessor in 2014

    David Dennison 2018-05-05

  • Bill started training in 2002 and became an apprentice at Wrights Accident Repair Mal- lusc, he achieved his NVQ Level 3 in 2005 and was also a finalist at Thatcham Craft Awards twice. Bill has now progressed to become a Foreman in the body shop and is also highly influential in ensuring both the Mallusk and Dromore sites of Wrights ARC meet the require- ments if BSI.

    Bill Maddox 2018-07-03

  • Robert was one of the 1st apprentices that attended the former Blackwater House. He trained here for 3 years and achieved his NVQ 3 in 2003. Since then he has worked for Wrights Accident Repair in Mallusk then moved to their Carryduff branch as a foreman in the paint shop. In 2013 he joined LKQ Automotive Refinishing Products as a Technical Repre- sentative and is currently providing paint systems instillations and technical support to the accident repair industry in Northern Ireland.

    Robert Templeton 2018-07-03

  • This course has matched my employment very well. The tutors are very informative and provide their time to help you progress in your career

    Elliott McNally 2018-07-24

  • The inspection report carried out by the ETI has graded Riverpark Training as very good in all areas.

    Education Training Inpectorate 2018-02-28

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    More about our Apprenticeship Courses?

    Apprenticeships are paid employment positions whereby you will be permanently employed by a Bodyshop or Workshop local to you. You will spend between 4-6 weeks with your employer: learning the trade and earning money.

    Every 5-6 weeks, you will come to Riverpark Training for ‘off-the-job’ training where you will have access to above industry standard facilities/equipment to learn theories, practise, and be assessed on what you need to know.