Automotive Service Technician – Foundation (Fort St. John Campus)

Automotive SErvice Technician Foundations Trade - Fort St JohnProgram 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 is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry as an Automotive Service Technician, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.

Students receive training according to provincial Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship curriculum. Successful graduates receive Level 1 technical training credit and 450 work-based hours credit towards completion of the Automotive Service Technician Level 1 Apprenticeship program.

Career Prospects

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


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: 21 weeks

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:

  • Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Advanced/Grade 10) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher;
  • Grade 10 Math (Applications and Workplace Math 10), OR Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermedi­ate Developmental),  MATH 031 (Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.


Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):

  • Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher

Dual Credit

  • Completion of Grade 10 level that includes Grade 10 English; and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher in both;
  • Scheduled enrollment in Grade 11 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), where applicable.

Post-Admission Requirements:

After being accepted into the program but before add/drop date, students will be required to provide proof of the following certification:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

* Certificate must be from an approved source, and valid for the term of the Program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  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.

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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney 
Program Instructor: Stan Kachmarski