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Overview

Note: Apprentices beginning Level 1 and 2 after September 1, 2017 will be required to complete their remaining levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Automotive Technician Apprentice section below for further 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 6,360 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.

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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

Program Entry

Pathways

There are several ways of beginning your new career as an automotive technician apprentice:

  1. Take our Automotive Technician Foundation, Honda/Acura Foundation, or Toyota Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects and assignments and theory assignments you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By successfully completing one of these foundation programs, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Level 1 of our Automotive Technician Apprenticeship training.
  2. Take the ASTO Co-op or Ford ASSET Co-op program. These programs are comprised of four technical training terms with two paid 22-week co-op work terms. 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 and 2000 hours of time service requirement.
  3. Find employment under an automotive technician who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice automotive technician, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Recommended for success

High school graduation or equivalent, including:

  • English 12 or English language proficiency
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Trades Math 11
  • Applied Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

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

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

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myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. 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 training request 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

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 is available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the Uniform Authorization Voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

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.

Program matrix

Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
  AATE 1GAP Automotive Technician Level 1 Apprentice Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
 
Level 2 (7 weeks) Credits
  AATE 2GAP Automotive Technician Level 2 Apprentice Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
 
Level 3 (7 weeks) Credits
  AATE 3GAP Automotive Technician Level 3 Apprentice Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
 
Level 4 (7 weeks) Credits
  AATE 4GAP Automotive Technician Level 4 Apprentice Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
 
Total Credits: 56.0

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 840 hours. There are four levels of technical training; each is seven weeks.

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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 2015-2017 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 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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Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training 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

BCIT Apprentice Services 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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