The 30-week Automotive Service Technician program is one of four automotive trades offered at CNC. These are:
Automotive Service Technicians are essential to maintaining the health of your vehicle. They investigate, diagnose, and repair issues related to the mechanical systems in vehicles, often undertaking complex computer diagnostics to resolve issues.
This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin your apprenticeship pathway as an Automotive Service Technician. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.
Upon successful completion of the foundation program, and passing ITA's Level 1 Certificate of Qualification exam, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Automotive Service Technician. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen trade.
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.
Automotive Service Technicians are employed across a wide-variety of industries and locations including:
Automotive Services Technicians may also work for themselves, starting their own business, work as an educator, or further their education to work in automotive engineering and design.
This hands-on program will train you to become a skilled automotive service technician. You’ll learn to understand and service various vehicle systems: brakes, steering, suspension, electrical, and diagnostics. You will also learn to perform preventative maintenance, and understand other automotive industry needs.
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.
Students who do not meet the above requirements may wish to consult with a CNC counsellor/advisor to determine their eligibility on the basis of mature student status.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.
Students are encouraged to submit a resumé and handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program as well as complete a test of mechanical reasoning skills, and the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT). These items are included in the selection criteria listed below and will be awarded points.
If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below:
Maximum points available = 28
The estimated cost for this program is $3,872.
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
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.
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.
The estimated cost for this program is $37,500.
This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.