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Inboard/Outboard Mechanic: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    Weekly tuition is approximately $110 per week.
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Student Apprenticeship Information 604.434.1610 or 1.866.434.1610 (Canada & US only)

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted year round. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Fee: N/A

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact BCIT for the next opening.

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Inboard/Outboard Mechanic

ITA Source: 'Inboard/Outboard Mechanic' profile.


Inboard/Outboard Mechanics install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain engines, drivetrains and accessories used in the pleasure craft marine industry.  Individuals in this position are involved in all aspects of repairs to gas outboard motors, gas and light diesel inboard motors, and stern drive units.

The format of the program combines in-school and work-based training. The four levels of training are normally completed over four years.

The in-school training part involves 16 weeks or about four weeks per level. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6720 hours. Based on a 40-hour work week this involves 168 weeks of training.

Training Content

The four levels of training cover:

  • Safe Work Practices
  • Applying Electrical Principles
  • Servicing Charging Systems
  • Servicing Ignition Systems
  • Servicing Starting Systems
  • Servicing Accessories
  • Servicing Fuel Systems
  • Servicing Lubrication Systems
  • Installing Engines
  • Maintaining Boat Hulls and Decks
  • Servicing Powerheads
  • Servicing Intermediate Housing Assemblies
  • Servicing Drive Trains
  • Servicing Trim and Trill Systems
  • Business Procedures



  • completion of Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • completion of Grade 12 or equivalent

Advisor Tips

If you have 10800 (documented) hours of directly related work experience for this position you may challenge the BC Certificate of Qualification written exam. In doing so you believe that your work experience and self-directed study have prepared you to pass the exam.

If you have completed the Inboard/Outboard Mechanic Foundation program you will be able to receive credit for 400 hours of work based training and level one of Technical Training towards the Inboard/Outboard Mechanic apprenticeship program.

If you have any questions about this program please contact ITA Customer Service at 1.866.660.6011.

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