Carry out motor vehicle body adhesive bonding operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Coachbuilding
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2023


This unit is about joining materials safely, correctly and effectively using adhesive bonding processes.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) *when carrying out adhesive processes 
P2 protect the vehicle and its contents effectively when carrying out adhesive processes 
P3 prepare material and align to enable suitable join to be achieved; adjoining edges must be treated before joining 
P4 select and use the correct tools and equipment for carrying out adhesive processes 
P5 ensure that the tools, equipment and *PPE you require are in a safe working condition 
P6 set up your equipment to carry out adhesive processes 
P7 carry out adhesive processes following: 

P7.1 recognised researched repair methods 
P7.2 your workplace procedures 
P7.3 health, safety and legal requirements 
P8 avoid damaging other components, units and panels on the vehicle 
P9 recognise when your join is not forming correctly and what action needs to be taken 
P10 visually check integrity of the join 
P11 dress and protect the repaired area to inhibit corrosion where applicable 
P12 clean and store PPE and equipment in appropriate manner 
P13 promptly report any additional faults you notice during the course of your work to the relevant person(s)  
P14 promptly report any delays in completing your work to the relevant person(s)  
P15 carry out adhesive processes within the agreed timescale 
P16 complete work records accurately, in the format required and promptly pass them to the relevant person(s)

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1 the health, safety and legal requirements relating to the joining of materials using adhesive processes 
K2 your workplace procedures for: 

K2.1 the referral of problems 
K2.2 reporting of delays to the completion of work 
K2.3 completion of work records 
K3 the work that needs to be done and the standard required 
K4 the requirements for protecting the vehicle and contents from damage before, during and after the joining of materials using adhesive processes 
K5 the importance of selecting, using and maintaining the appropriate personal protective equipment when joining materials using adhesive processes 
K6 how to find, interpret and use sources of information applicable to the joining of materials using adhesive processes 
K7 how to select, check and use all the tools and equipment required to join materials using adhesive processes 
K8 the different types of techniques and joints used for the joining of materials when using adhesive processes 
K9 the faults that can occur when carrying and using adhesives and the causes of these faults 
K10 the need for correct alignment of materials and the methods used to achieve this 
K11 the types of quality control checks that can be used to ensure correct joining of materials 
K12 how to carry out and assess test coupons 
K13 the principles of good joint design for the type of adhesive being used


All of the items listed below form part of this National Occupational Standard.

1. P**ersonal protective equipment (PPE) for bonding operations includes: 

1.1. face mask/respirator with appropriate eye shield
1.2. gloves 
1.3. safety footwear 
1.4. appropriate vehicle protection 

1.5. appropriate protection for others in the workshop

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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Body Repair and Alignment Technician (Automotive), Body Repair Technician (Automotive), Engineering, Vehicle Trades, Coachbuilder

SOC Code



Motor; vehicle; body; adhesive bonding; operations;