Full-time Apprenticeship 4800appr

Overview

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

The Automotive Technician process requires time spent on the job and in-school training. An Automotive Technician trainee must complete a four-year program including 6,480 workplace hours and 780 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on inter-provincial exams will result in the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship and the Certificate of Qualification, with Red Seal Inter-provincial Certification.

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The Program

The classroom program will include courses in electrical systems, air conditioning systems, fuel systems, driveline, engine mechanical, power train, steering and suspension, brakes, options and accessories, computer operated/assisted systems, truck components and systems and body and trim.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

Note: A drivers licence is not required to enter the program. However, it is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops.

Those who wish to attend apprentice technical training must be registered as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and sponsored by an employer.

Upon successful completion of BCIT's Automotive Technician Entry Level Certificate program, students will receive credit for their first level of apprentice technical training from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and 450 hours credit towards their "time in trade".

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Upon successful completion of BCIT's Automotive Service Technician Diploma program, students will receive from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) full credit for all four levels of technical training requirements of the provincial AST apprenticeship program, and 2000 hours towards their 'time in trade'.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

There is an approved book list for the automotive technician apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

The automotive technician apprenticeship includes home study that apprentices are required to complete during each level of their technical training. The home study material is available at the BCIT Bookstore and should be bought by the apprentice prior to each level of technical training.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school, technical training for an Automotive Technician apprentice is 780 hours. There are four levels of technical training; two levels of 7 weeks and two levels of 6 weeks.

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
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Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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