Automotive Service Technician Foundation Training

Program Description

This program consists of Foundation and Level 1 Automotive Service Technician Technical training as per the ITA prescribed curriculum. This program meets the ITA prerequisite for Level 2 technical training. Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Red Seal program. 

Automotive Service Technicians examine, test and repair the parts and systems on cars and light trucks. They often use computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems. The work of an Automotive Service Technician also involves reassembling and testing repaired items against manufacturers' standards, as well as performing preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. 

Successful completion of the Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program results in the student acquiring credit for Level 1 AST technical training and 450 work-based hours, and eligibility to move into Level 2 Apprenticeship training once they have a sponsor.

There is a Reading week included in this program (30 hours) that will occur in the last week of February of each year (exact dates will vary).

Career Prospects

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


Location: Dawson Creek South Peace Campus

Length: 33 weeks/990 hrs

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 ENGL 030 (Intermediate/ Grade 10) with C+ or higher;
• Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10), OR Career and College Preparation MATH 030 (Intermediate Developmental Math), MATH 031(Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with C+ or higher,


ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% 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
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interview may be conducted via teleconference if necessary.


Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.

Dual Credit   
• Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English, Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher. 

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students are required to have a computer (PC or laptop) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (
  3. Students must provide Personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, coveralls, etc.)
    Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades & Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.
  4. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and School District 59, School District 60, School District 81 and School District 87.
  5. As NLC’s South Peace campus is connected to the Dawson Creek High School - South Peace campus, the Criminal Records Review Act requires that all students over the age of 19 before classes begin must complete a Schedule Type B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Costs related to the CRC will be paid by the College; please contact the NLC Admissions Officer for more information.
  6. 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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