Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship


"Automotive Service Technician" means a person engaged in the repair, adjustment and replacement of mechanical and electrical parts of automobiles, light trucks and mini-busses.  Technicians would be able to diagnose automotive systems, perform routine component replacment and rebuild or adjust a variety of automotive components.  A technician would perform these functions on passenger vehicles, light trucks and mini-buses in the following areas: engines, fuel systems, emission control and exhaust systems, brake systems, steering and suspension systems, manual and automatic transmission/transaxles, differentials, drive axles and drivelines, electrical and electronic systems, air conditioning, heating and cooling systems and trim and body hardware.
The Automotive Service Technician program is a 4 year apprenticeship leading to a Red Seal Endorsement.

For complete details on apprenticeship and to schedule your technical training, visit the OC Apprenticeship Programs section of the website.

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC. 
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson automotive service technician.
  • The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.


Program Outlines

 The duration of Levels 1 & 3 is 7 weeks, and Levels 2 & 4 are 6 weeks.

Automotive Service Technician 1 (7 weeks)

  • Workplace Safety
  • Employability Skills
  • Tools and Equipment
  • General Automotive Maintenance
  • General Automotive Practices
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Brakes Systems
  • Steering Systems
  • Suspension Systems

Automotive Service Technician 2 (6 weeks)

  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Engines
  • Engine Support Systems
  • Hybrid Vehicle Safety

Automotive Service Technician  3 (7 weeks)

  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Fuel Delivery Systems
  • Electronic Ignition Systems
  • Emission Control Systems
  • Engine Management Systems

Automotive Service Technician 4 (6 weeks)

  • Drive Lines
  • Clutch Systems
  • Manual Transmissions
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • All Wheel Drive/four wheel drive systems
  • New Drive Line Technologies

Employment Opportunities

The Automotive Service Technician will write the Red Seal exam on the last date of the level 4 technical training.  Successful completion provides the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Automotive Service Technician.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.


  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Contact Information

For more information and how to apply visit OC Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship Office
(250) 762-5445 Local 4687 or toll free 1-800-621-3038