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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 6,360 workplace hours and 840 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.

Program delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Technology requirements

  • You will need access to a personal computer with video and microphone for the online portion of your program.
  • See Student Technology and Discounts for general technology recommendations and negotiated discounts from BCIT partners.

Safety in shops

  • Because this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend shop activities in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and shops to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions. This is what we have done for automotive programs.

Services and support

  • Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services and Counselling and Student Development are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

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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.

Harmonized automotive technician apprenticeship

Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after September 1, 2017
  • Level 2 intakes offered after September 1, 2017
  • Level 3 intakes offered after September 1, 2018
  • Level 4 intakes offered after September 1, 2019

The following apprentices will be required to complete their levels of training in the harmonized program:

  • New Level 1 Automotive Technician apprentices
  • All apprentices, including foundation graduates, transitioning to Level 2 after September 1, 2017

Transitioning to harmonized Level 2

Apprentices that need to transition to the harmonized program will be required to complete self-study. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:

  • Transitioning from Level 1 or Foundation to harmonized Level 2 requires self-directed study prior to entering harmonized Level 3.

Current program for apprentices entering Level 3 or 4

Automotive Technicians that have completed their Level 2 training prior to September 1, 2017 and are continuing into Levels 3 or 4 are encouraged to complete their remaining levels of training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 3 by September 2019
  • Level 4 by September 2020

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