Automotive Service Technician

10-month Foundation Certificate Program
September 7, 2021 to June 10, 2022

Apply early as space is limited

The Program

The Vancouver Island University Automotive Department provides both foundation and apprenticeship training. Foundation training is designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive repair trade. Graduates of this program may find work as apprentice automotive technicians, or as automotive parts persons/service writers. Job opportunities exist on Vancouver Island, and throughout BC and Canada. Upon receiving the Interprovincial Certificate, graduates are eligible to work anywhere in Canada.

Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program

The Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program is a full–time comprehensive program taught through daily lectures, seminars and demonstrations of current servicing techniques, as well as extensive practical training in a functioning automotive shop setting. The course curriculum reflects today's technology and is relevant to the needs of industry. The instructors are all highly trained journeyperson Automotive Technicians with at least ten years' trade experience.

This program is suited to individuals with all levels of mechanical experience. Upon successful completion of all the program courses, students receive an Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program certificate and an Essential Skills for the Workplace – Automotive Service Technician certificate. Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first year of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program.

ITA Automotive Apprenticeship Information

The apprentice level training provides provincially certified apprenticeship training for registered Automotive apprentices in Level 1, 2, 3, and 4. The Automotive Apprenticeship program consists of 4 years on–the–job experience combined with in–school technical training in order to become eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination for journeyperson certification.

For information on apprenticeship training, please visit the Industry Training Authority website at ITABC, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call VIU's Apprenticeship Coordinator at 250-740-6112. Visit VIU's Trades and Applied Technology Apprenticeship page for more information and schedules.

Admission Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check (approx $42.00)
  • Application form
    (No application deadline date, however apply early as space is limited)
  • Grade 12 or provincial equivalent, or mature student status
  • If proof of completion of Grade 12 is not submitted, a $20.00 Assessment Test will be required (study materials are available)
  • Minimum 17 yrs of age
  • Valid Driver's License (class 5, L or N)
  • See also Trades general admission requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Interview may be required
  • Those with good reasoning, basic science, mathematical, study skills, and a strong mechanical aptitude will experience the most success
  • Good health
  • Must not be allergic to solvents and lubricants
  • Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Program Outline

Automotive Service Technician

AUTO 101T - (Auto Shop Safety)

AUTO 102T - (Tools, Equipment and Documentation)

AUTO 103T - (Communication and Mentoring)

AUTO 104T - (Driveline Systems)

AUTO 105T - (Electrical Systems and Components)

AUTO 106T - (Steering, Suspension and Braking)

AUTO 107T - (Restraint Systems and Body Components)

AUTO 108T - (Hybrid and Electric Vehicles)

AUTO 109T - (Welding)

AUTO 110T - (Engines)

Essential Skills

ESFA 100T - (Personal Management Skills)

ESFA 105T - (Automotive Service Technician Math)

ESFA 110T - (Business Operations)

ESFA 115T - (The Emerging Workplace)

ESFA 120T - (Employment Strategies)

Fees (subject to change)

Fee Type Cost
Student Fees
Application Fee
Grad Fee
Criminal Record Check Fee

Other Expenses (Approx. $750)

  • Textbooks
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Safety Glasses
  • Seat and Fender Covers
  • Uniforms

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to students demonstrating financial need. This program is government student loan eligible. Applications for the academic year are available each May at any post-secondary institution, or on-line at StudentAidBC.

More information is available from an Advisor at the University.
Please call 604-485-2878 to make an appointment.

Note: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada may assist students in this program; contact your local Employment Centre regarding eligibility for sponsorship.

How to Apply

When the Registration Center confirms that you have been admitted, you will be advised when and how to register and pay for your program.