Apprentice Automotive Service Technician

Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
FEES: Starting at $973 per level
Upcoming Program Offerings

Apprentices must have their employer register them with Industry Training Authority (ITA) and fill out the apprenticeship application online. They are placed on the appropriate “waitlist”; 2-3 months prior to the course they will be contacted by CNC if a seat is available.  They then have 48 hours to accept their seat.  All apprenticeship training requires in-person shop sessions. All shop sessions will be provided with physical distancing and all necessary safety measures.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Do you love working with cars and trucks? Turn it into your career with this Automotive Service Technician Apprentice Program. The Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship program will train you to become a skilled automotive mechanic, leading towards Red Seal certification (after successful program and work-based training hours completion). CNC offers all four levels of technical training:

Level 1 (7 weeks) + Certificate of Qualification Exam*
Level 2 (7 weeks) + Certificate of Qualification Exam
Level 3 (7 weeks) + Certificate of Qualification Exam
Level 4 (7 weeks) + Red Seal Exam

*You may also receive credit for Level 1 by successfully completing the Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program

Technical training must be completed in sequence. It is recommended to complete a full year of work-based training hours between levels to best prepare for the next level of technical training.


Upon completion of this program, you will possess the foundational skills and knowledge required for a career in the following automotive work environments:

  • Autobody shop
  • Automotive mechanic shop
  • Vehicle dealership
  • Self-employed

About apprenticeship programs

Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.

In addition to earning wages while learning on the job, many apprentices have their technical training paid for by their company, and/or qualify for Employment Insurance while in school. Additionally there are a number of grants and tax credits available to both apprentices and employers. Visit to learn more.

Red Seal Automotive Service Technicians are certified to work across Canada, and may also have their credentials recognized internationally. Certified skilled tradespeople are in demand worldwide, leading to opportunities for international work experience or volunteer opportunities. Many tradespeople also are entrepreneurs, building businesses that may eventually employ others and give back to the local community.

A Red Seal trade can also be a stepping stone to further education, management positions, or even returning to college as an educator teaching the next generation of tradespeople.

Training dates & how to apply

For up to date technical training dates at CNC visit

To apply for any level of technical training at CNC visit: Apply Trades.

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Apprentice Automotive Service Technician Courses

The Automotive Service Technician program will train you to become a skilled technician. From fender benders to major body work, you'll learn to fix brakes, repair electrical systems, understand steering systems, perform preventative maintenance, and fulfill other industry needs. The automotive industry needs skilled administrative personnel who have technical as well as business training, and many CNC graduates have gone on to run or build their own automotive businesses.

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Visit Trades Training BC for the most up to date apprenticeship schedules.

There are no offerings of this program scheduled at this time. Check back later.

The fine print

Once your employer has submitted an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form to ITA on your behalf you can apply to attend technical training at CNC. Many of our apprenticeship programs have waitlists so we encourage you to apply early.

ITA doesn’t require AST apprentices to have completed a required number of work-based-training hours to attend technical training. However, because apprenticeship programs are a unique blend of in-class and on-the-job training we encourage you to work with your employer to decide on a training schedule that best combines these two forms of training.

Please note that the AST program currently has a Certificate of Qualification exam at the end of Levels 1 to 3 of the program. This exam must be passed in order to move on to the next level of training.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship technical training, you may be interested in the Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.


View costs by level

Level 1 Tuition: $973.00 - 1,000.29

Level 2 Tuition: $883.39 - 910.68

Level 3 Tuition: $973.00 - 1,000.29

Level 4 Tuition: $883.39 - 910.68

Some books are shared between levels. You may be able to spend substantially less on books if you keep them between years.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Refund policy

Please review our refund procedures document for apprentices (page 2) here.


Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Work BC offers financial support to apprenticeship students.

Service Canada offers a variety of financial supports for apprentices and their employers including tax credits, grants, and EI while attending technical training.

Apprentices may qualify for interest free loans of up to $4,000 per level of technical training through the Canada Apprentice Loan program.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.