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Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 1430dipma


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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.

The Automotive Service Technician and Operations (ASTO) program has been designed to meet the need for skilled technicians who can diagnose and repair the sophisticated systems in today's motor vehicles. It is also for those with an interest in automotive, but who aspire to run their own business or assume customer service and management positions in the industry.

This program offers maximum career flexibility, enabling graduates to pursue their Automotive Service Technician Red Seal certification with the option for post-diploma baccalaureate pathways in business administration and technology management.

The Program

This ASTO program is comprised of four technical training terms with two paid 22-week co-op work terms in an automotive repair facility.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Automotive Service Technician and Operations Diploma and qualify for credit towards all four levels of technical training requirements in the Provincial Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

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.

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

International applicants

International applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Meet the above entrance requirements and submit your application.
  2. Receive notice of conditional acceptance to the program.
  3. Complete ACES – 0100 Applied Technical Literacy (70%) prior to program start. BCIT Admissions will enrol you in this course and communicate the details in your conditional acceptance letter.

Recommended for success

  • High school graduation is recommended by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Please refer to the ITA website for current apprenticeship prerequisite information.

  • A driver’s licence is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops.

  • Knowledge and background in the industry is an asset.

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

  • Applicants with medical or physical disabilities should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview.

Trades Discovery

The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

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To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

January and June each year

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change.


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.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Direct entry

Note: If you plan to obtain the Ford Technician Certification, do not apply for advanced placement. You must apply to Level 1 of the Ford Asset Option.

If you have previously completed an Automotive Technician Foundation program, you may be eligible to apply for direct entry to the Automotive Service Technician and Operations Diploma at an advanced level.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit the following with your online application:

*Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT) is a government-sponsored program for high school students.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $970
Level 2: $590
Level 3: $280
Level 4: $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

Scheduling of academic courses may require some courses to be scheduled outside of the established hours.

Program matrix

Term 1 (13 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 1001 Automotive Science Fundamentals 2.0
  ASTO 1002 Employment Preparation 2.0
  ASTO 1020 Workplace Safety 1.0
  ASTO 1021 Welding 1.0
  ASTO 1022 Tools and Equipment 2.0
  ASTO 1023 Wheels, Hubs, Tires, and Bearings 2.5
  ASTO 1024 Brake Systems 3.0
  ASTO 1025 Suspension Systems 2.0
  ASTO 1026 Steering Systems 3.0
  ASTO 1027 Basic Electrical Systems 4.0
  ASTO 1028 General Automotive Maintenance 2.0
  ASTO 1029 Driveshafts 1.5
Co-op 1 (22 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 1990 Co-op Work Term 1 22.0
Term 2 (12 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 2001 Automotive Science Mechanical Applications 2.5
  ASTO 2002 Customer Relations and Sales 2.0
  ASTO 2003 Automotive Business Practices 2.0
  ASTO 2010 ITA Level 1 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 1.0
  ASTO 2020 Starting, Charging, and Advanced Electrical Systems 3.5
  ASTO 2021 Electronic Chassis Systems 2.0
  ASTO 2022 Engine Repair and Support Systems 6.0
  ASTO 2023 Manual Transmission, Transfer Case, and Differentials 5.0
Term 3 (12 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 3001 Automotive Science Clean Air Technology 2.0
  ASTO 3002 Automotive Communications 2.5
  ASTO 3003 Automotive Business Operations 3.0
  ASTO 3010 ITA Level 2 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 1.0
  ASTO 3020 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3.0
  ASTO 3021 Electronic Ignition Systems 2.0
  ASTO 3022 Fuel Delivery Systems 3.5
  ASTO 3023 Gasoline Engine Management Systems 3.0
  ASTO 3024 Emission Control Systems 2.5
  ASTO 3025 Networking Systems 1.5
Co-op 2 (22 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 3990 Co-op Work Term 2 (Optional) 22.0
Term 4 (12 weeks) Credits
  ASTO 4001 Automotive Science Advanced 2.0
  ASTO 4003 Automotive Business Management 3.0
  ASTO 4010 ITA Level 3 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 1.0
  ASTO 4020 Advanced Feature Group 2.0
  ASTO 4021 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems 3.0
  ASTO 4023 All-Wheel Drive Systems 2.0
  ASTO 4024 Automatic Transmissions 5.0
  ASTO 4025 Diesel Fuel Management and Emissions 2.0
  ASTO 4026 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology 3.5
Total Credits: 141.5

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

Two years (93 weeks), full-time

Term 1: 13 weeks in school, 22 weeks co-op
Term 2: 12 weeks in school
Term 3: 12 weeks in school, 22 weeks optional co-op
Term 4: 12 weeks in school


All courses must be passed in order to complete the program. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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.

Co-operative education

This is a cooperative education program that combines academic terms with paid cooperative work terms. Cooperative education is not an option but an integral part of this program, subject to the same performance criteria as the program itself.

While co-op coordinators assist with job placements for students, it must be recognized that during certain periods of the business cycle, job placements may be difficult to find. It is then the responsibility of the student to work with the coordinator (and on his/her own) to find a meaningful work experience.

The complete cooperative education policy including student, Institute and employer responsibilities is available through the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) office and the Registrar's Office.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op), located in Building NW5 at the Burnaby campus.

Co-op coordinator: 604-432-8291
General Inquiries: 604-432-8634

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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