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Automotive Service Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $94 per week
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Judy Kolesar 250.489.8216
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Judy Kolesar 250.489.8219 or
    1.877.489.2687 Loc 3216

Application Deadline Advice

Admission is based upon a first qualified, first-admitted principle which is based on the date and time the applicant meets all admission requirements. Early application is therefore recommended.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

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

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 02
Main Campus
Level: 03
Main Campus
Level: 04
Main Campus

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

Automotive Service Technician

ITA Source: 'Automotive Service Technician' profile.


Automotive Service Technicians repair, adjust, and replace mechanical, electrical, and electronic parts of cars and light trucks in a retail automotive business. 

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totalling 26 weeks. Levels One, Two, Three, and Four are 7 weeks each. 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 6360 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 212 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2017-002 . 

Training Content

Training modules are:
  • Workplace Safety
  • Employability Skills
  • Tools and Equipment
  • General Automotive Maintenance
  • General Automotive Practices
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Brake Systems
  • Steering Systems
  • Suspension Systems



  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Trade Math 11
  • Applied Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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