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Automotive Service Technician – Apprenticeship

Automotive Service Technician ApprenticeshipProgram Description

Automotive Service Technicians examine, test and repair the parts, components and systems on cars and light trucks, often using computer­ized diagnostic equipment. They reassemble and test repaired items against manufacturer standards, as well as perform preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-Provincial Red Seal program.

If a student currently works as an Automotive Service Technician and has an employer who will provide on-the-job training, s/he is eligible to enrol in Apprenticeship training. An Apprenticeship is a three-party agreement between the Apprentice, the employer, and the Industry Training Authority.

Students receive training according to the provincial Apprenticeship curriculum, as established by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, pertinent to the Apprenticeship level in which the student is enrolled. Upon successful completion of all four levels and appropriate time in the trade, the student may be eligible to write the Inter-Provincial exam in Automotive Service Technician.

Automotive Service

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Career Prospects

Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Dealership Service Man­ager,
Automotive Sales,or Automotive Business or Dealership Owner.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: Levels 1 and 3, seven weeks/level; Levels 2 and 4, six weeks/level

Start: Current Apprenticeship level program schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Level 1
  • Level 1 Registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority or proof of successful completion or related Foundation Trades Training program.
Levels 2
  • Successful completion of Level 1 Apprenticeship Technical Training or successful challenge of Industry Training Authority Level 1 Placement Exam.

Levels 3

  • Successful completion of Level 2 Apprenticeship Technical Training or successful challenge of Industry Training Authority Level 2 Placement Exam.

Levels 4

  • Successful completion of Level 3 Apprenticeship Technical Training or successful challenge of Industry Training Authority Level 3 Placement Exam.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection, CSA safety glasses with clear lenses, gloves and coveralls.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  4. The information on the page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide. ( or Program Completion Guide effective September 2017).

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Do you need more information?

Associate Dean: Robert McAleney 
Program Instructor: Stan Kachmarski
Apprenticeship Contact: Department


Courses (effective Sept 2017)

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