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Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

Pre Employment Automotive Service Technician


This certificate program creates opportunities for learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values for successful entry into a career as Automotive Service Technician (AST). Automotive Service Technicians are employed to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose faulty operations, and repair automotive vehicles and light trucks.

Automotive service technicians adjust, test and repair engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions, electrical systems, and air-conditioning systems, and do wheel alignments.  In large shops, AST's sometimes specialize in repairing, rebuilding, and servicing specific parts (e.g. transmissions, engines, electrical components, etc.).  In smaller shops, AST's may work on a wider variety of repair jobs.

The Pre-Employment AST program covers all course materials received by a first-year apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills, safety training, and employability skills. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to challenge the first-period AST technical training exam and obtain employment as apprentices in the AST trade.


Automotive Service Technicians are work in auto repair shops. Employers are currently looking for apprenticeship candidates who have demonstrated an interest and skill in the AST trade and seek the job readiness that graduates of this program possess.

Learn more about career opportunities.


FALL 2022- September 20, 2022

Delivery Method:



 $5100 + GST

*payment plans available, email us for more details.


Canada Alberta Job Grant

Student Loans


12 weeks - Full-time



Admission Recommendations:

There are no prior learning or approved equivalencies for this course.

It is recommended that students meet the current minimum entrance requirements for the Welding apprenticeship program as per Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, including passing marks in:

  • Mathematics 20-3-3
  • English 20-2;
  • Science 10: or
  • A passing grade in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests.

Program Details:

Learners in this program complete the same curriculum as a first-year apprentice, two safety tickets, and learn to build a trades resume. This course encompasses an average of 30 hours of direct instruction per week with an additional 6 to 10 hours of homework per week.

Throughout this program, learners will learn to understand industry terminology and basic skills in AST through theoretical learning and practical hands-on practice in the automotive shop. Learning is further enhanced with class visits, industry speakers, and site visits.

Upon successfully completing first-year technical training (65% overall grade and attendance of 90%), learners are eligible to attempt the First Year Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provincial exam. A grade of 70% is required to successfully pass the provincial exam.

Program Materials:

Tuition includes:

  • AIT government exam (theory)
  • Two safety tickets
  • $400 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration

Additional costs:

Books/ILMs: approx. $325

  • Required: AST 101 ILM

Personal Protective Equipment & Classroom Supplies: approx. $250

Students must supply:

  • Cotton coveralls
  • Safety glasses (dark shade not permitted)
  • Steel-toed ankle high leather boots (CSA)
  • Calculator – Casio FX-260

College Technical Fee: $120

Activity and Wellness Fee: $22

How to Register:

Registration is available online 24/7. Both Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. If you are a business or organization looking to register one or more employees, contact us for information on setting up a Company Profile.

  1. Click to Register Now
  2. Select desired courses and add to cart
  3. Create an/Sign into account
  4. Click Checkout, follow prompts
  5. You are done!

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