Course Type: Part Time,Employer

Senior Panel Technician Accreditation (ATA)

  • Course Code BDU053
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Daytime
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Skills Academy - Automotive

ATA was created to help the motor industry keep on top of constant, rapid changes in technology, legislation and working methods, by encouraging and measuring the current competence, knowledge and ability of those working within it. By providing proof of current competence, ATA  benefits both individuals and their employers.

The Senior Panel route is intended for technicians whose job role involves the repair of vehicles typically involved in accidents or similar incident circumstances and have at least three years experience to ensure you are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques required to repair and replace body components, including returning vehicle alignment to manufacturer specification and rectifying body shell faults.

The Senior Panel Technician Accreditation will be made up of an online assessment containing 30 questions and the following practical assessments;

ATA 002    Cosmetic panel alignment

ATA 006    MET complex

ATA 029    Panel damage (rectification)

ATA 030    Welded panel section MAG/MIG braise bond rivet

ATA 032    Rectify body shell misalignment (setup meadure adjust)

ATA 034    Aluminium cosmetic panel

ATA 048    Cold filler repair

At the time of taking this assessment you must have a valid BS4872/BS1140 welding certificate

Days & Times

We run this course at various times and days throughout the year. Please enquire on 0191 490 2246 for our next available dates.



The place of study

You will be working in our state of the art workshops in a fantastic building purposely built and designed for motor industry related subjects. All our workshops are fully equipped with the latest vehicles and industry standard equipment giving you the best experience and skills.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

No formal qualifications are required, however you must have relevant industry experience.

Required experience

For all ATA courses, a working knowledge of the automotive industry is essential in the respective trade discipline.