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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

Location(s): ​Fort Nelson, and ​Fort St. John

This program consists of Automotive Service Technician Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Technical training as per the SkilledTradesBC prescribed curriculum. 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.

Career Prospects

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


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Level 1 is 210 hours; approximately 7 weeks long.

Level 2 is 210 hours; approximately 7 weeks long.

Level 3 is 210 hours; approximately 7 weeks long.

Level 4 is 210 hours; approximately 7 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Trades/Apprenticeship

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Level 1$ 718.20$ 67.38$ 116.41$ 901.99
Level 2$ 718.20$ 67.38$ 186.53$ 972.11
Level 3$ 718.20$ 67.38$ 116.41$ 901.99
Level 4$ 615.60$ 65.88$ 115.62$ 797.10

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Level 1$ 2,580.90$ 67.38$ 116.41$ 276.00$ 3,040.69
Level 2$ 2,580.90$ 67.38$ 186.53$ 276.00$ 3,110.81
Level 3$ 2,580.90$ 67.38$ 116.41$ 276.00$ 3,040.69
Level 4$ 2,212.20$ 65.88$ 99.79$ 276.00$ 2,653.87

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Admission Requirements

Eligibility as indicated by SkilledTradesBC.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, coveralls, etc.).  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements70% minimum in all courses


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Training results are reported to SkilledTradesBC