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A program update is in progress which may result in changes to the program courses, structure and 2019 start date. For current information please contact, Automotive Program Assistant, Nick Zhang.

The Automotive Technical Studies (ATS) program appeals to students who:

  • Want to complete an apprenticeship to become a technician or
  • Desire a position as a manager, supervisor, service advisor, parts person or
  • Want to earn the diploma as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates of the program will learn to:

  • Integrate and apply theoretical concepts to the diagnosis, service and repair of automotive systems.
  • Apply research techniques to locate automotive service information.
  • Integrate principles of sustainability into practice within their role in the automotive service industry.
  • Communicate in a professional manner in written documentation and in personal presentation.
  • Apply business operations management practices to the automotive industry.
  • Perform tasks as an integral part of a team.
  • Demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with academic and professional ethics and integrity.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • A driver’s licence is not required to enter the program. However, it is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops, or if students intend on working in the industry.

  • Knowledge and/or background in the industry is an asset.

  • Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963 (telephone interview is acceptable for out of town applicants).

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an Automotive Information Session for additional apprenticeship and program details.

International Student Option
International students may want to consider the BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP) as an alternate way of meeting the English requirements for this program.

Transfer Credit

Applicants and students may apply for individual course credit for academic courses taken elsewhere that have sufficiently similar learning outcomes and subject coverage to courses in the program, in accordance with BCIT Admissions Policy 5003 [PDF].

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Alternating January and August intakes every 18 months

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for course equivalency based on previous work experience may also be available. Applicants and students who have acquired knowledge and skills outside of recognized programs, which may exempt them from particular courses in the program, may apply for PLAR assessment as per BCIT Admissions Policy 5003 [PDF].


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Level 1: $970
Level 2: $590
Level 3: $280

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

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

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0730–1400, Monday through Friday

*Class hours are subject to change

Program delivery

The program will be delivered face-to-face in a classroom and lab (shop) environment at BCIT.

Program matrix

Term 1 (20 weeks) Credits
  ASTP 1200 Math 1 2.5
  ASTP 1201 Physics 1 2.5
  ASTP 1202 Communications 1 2.5
  ASTP 1203 Automotive Business Administration 2.5
  ATSP 1804 Workplace Safety 2.0
  ATSP 1805 Welding 2.0
  ATSP 1806 Tools and Equipment 3.0
  ATSP 1807 Wheels, Hubs, and Tires 3.0
  ATSP 1808 Electrical System 4.0
  ATSP 1809 Computer Operations 1.0
  ATSP 1810 Brake Systems 4.5
  ATSP 1811 Suspension Systems 3.0
  ATSP 1812 Steering Systems 4.0
  ATSP 1813 Maintenance and Inspection 4.0
Term 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  ASTP 2300 Math 2 2.5
  ASTP 2301 Physics 2 2.5
  ASTP 2302 Customer Relations and Sales 2.5
  ASTP 2303 Automotive Business Practices 2.5
  ATSP 2804 Engine Repair 7.0
  ATSP 2805 Engine Support Systems 2.0
  ATSP 2806 Starting Systems 2.5
  ATSP 2807 Introduction to Lab Scopes 1.0
  ATSP 2808 Charging Systems 2.5
  ATSP 2809 Safety Systems 2.5
  ATSP 2810 Air Conditioning Systems 3.0
  ATSP 2811 HRAI ODS Handling 0.5
  ATSP 2812 Body Electrical Systems 3.0
  ATSP 2813 Fuel Delivery Systems 2.5
  ATSP 2814 Electronic Fuel Management Systems 2.5
  ATSP 2815 Diesel Fuel Systems 2.5
Term 3 (20 weeks) Credits
  ASTP 3400 Communications 2 2.5
  ASTP 3401 Accounting Essentials 2.5
  ASTP 3402 Automotive Business Planning 2.5
  ASTP 3403 Automotive Fuel and Emissions Chemistry 3.0
  ATSP 3804 Automatic Transmissions 5.0
  ATSP 3805 Clutches and Manual Transmissions 3.0
  ATSP 3806 All-Wheel Drive Systems 2.5
  ATSP 3807 Ignition Systems 3.5
  ATSP 3808 Emission Control Systems 3.0
  ATSP 3809 Advanced Engine Management Systems 5.0
  ATSP 3810 Electronic Diesel Fuel Systems 3.0
  ATSP 3811 Emerging Automotive Technologies 2.0
  ATSP 3812 Drivelines and Final Drives 3.0
Total Credits: 122.5

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

18 months (60 weeks), full-time

The Automotive Technical Studies program provides three academic in-school terms of 20 weeks each, with a 10 week break between May and July, and a 2 week Christmas break at the end of December.


Graduates of the program will qualify to receive Industry Training Authority (ITA) credit for all in-school technical training and 900 hours of work experience, qualifying students to challenge the Automotive Level 1 C of Q (Certificate of Qualification) examination.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

This program may ladder into BCIT’s other program offerings, in particular, the Bachelor of Technology Management program (TMGT). The TMGT program is aimed to expand the knowledge, management skills, and attributes of technical professionals in their roles as supervisors and managers.

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program may enter any of the following career areas within the automotive and related industries:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Parts Technician
  • Aftermarket Parts Distribution/Marketing
  • Service Advising
  • Service Management
  • Sales and Leasing
  • Journalism
  • Performance Enhancement and Sport Racing

International Student Option

Are you an international student? Are you a mechanically-inclined, hands-on problem solver who could benefit from professional preparatory training?

The alternate mode of entry into the Automotive Technical Studies program may be the right choice for you.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the BCIT International Student Entry program (ISEP), students are able to begin the Automotive Technical Studies program (18 months, 60 weeks full time).

BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP)

English Language Entrance Requirements for the Automotive Technical Studies can be met by completing ISEP 0500.

Upon successful completion of ISEP 0500, students will take the, 5-week long, BCIT Applied Technical Literacy Course - ACES 0100 (Bridge course):

More information on the ISEP program ›


BCIT International
Student Entry Program (ISEP)
Tel: 604-412-7707

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