Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized Certificate

30-week certificate

Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: September
  • Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved.
  • Master essential skills identified by employers, from brake system servicing and steering to suspension service, wheel alignment, electronic systems and more.
  • Earn apprenticeship technical training credit toward Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. 

Career possibilities: Graduates can pursue a wide range of employment opportunities within the mechanics trade, from automotive service technician and parts technician to service writer or service manager.

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  • Great facilities. During the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, you’ll develop practical, valuable skills desired by employers. You’ll learn in a well-equipped shop that will prepare you to move directly into the industry, and you can even learn on your own vehicle!
  • A network of support. NIC works with industry advisors to ensure the program remains current and relevant for new employees.
  • Industry recognized training. NIC is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training provider for this entry-level program in the Interprovincial (Red Seal) trade of automotive service technician.


North Island College follows the provincial Automotive Service Technician (AST) training program. Curriculum concentrates on areas that have been identified by the BC automotive industry and the national Red Seal standard as being most important for new employees entering the trade.

You will train in a shop similar to that found in a normal work environment in order to develop the necessary skills to succeed. Special emphasis is placed on brake system servicing; steering, suspension service and wheel alignment; scheduled vehicle service; vehicle electrical and electronic systems; safety; and troubleshooting techniques.

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification exams for Automotive Service Technician I. Upon entering into an apprenticeship you will also receive a 450-hour time credit from the ITA toward the time required to complete your apprenticeship.

Launch your career

Upon completion of the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, you will discover a wide range of employment opportunities within this trade or in related areas. Career positions may include, but are not limited to, automotive service technician apprentice, lube technician, tire repair technician, service writer and parts person.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

You are also responsible for obtaining the following basic supplies:

  • coveralls (two pairs recommended)
  • CSA-approved safety boots
  • WCB-approved safety glasses
  • combination lock (to store gear in locker)
  • three-ring binder with loose leaf paper
  • pen, pencil, hi-liter, ruler
  • calculator (optional. Sharp EL-520WBBK is recommended)

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10, or NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, 054 and 057, or CLB 7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or equivalent; or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics, and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Program Requirements

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve 70% in each course to achieve program completion.

Patrick Balfry

Patrick Balfry


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal Endorsement (May 1979)
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8726

Chris Posner

Chris Posner


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal certified journeyman Automotive Service Technician

Provincial Instructor Diploma

Subjects: Automotive Tech Harmonized
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9737 | Location EWG - 209a