Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Learn and hone essential skills from brake system servicing and steering to suspension service, wheel alignment, electronic systems and more as you earn apprenticeship technical training credit toward Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. You’ll be prepared for a wide range of opportunities in the mechanics trade from automotive service technician and parts technician to service writer or service manager.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: October
Length: 30 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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Graduating high school with my NIC trades certificate showed my employers my enthusiasm for cars and made me a lot more employable. It was my jump start.

Austin Mccoombs, NIC Automotive grad

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Program Requirements

*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid and WHMIS certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid and WHMIS.

* Note: Based on availability of placements with industry, Trades Foundation students may have an opportunity to participate in an optional Work Experience: WXT-100 Work Experience – Trades Foundation.

*Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C in each course to pass the program.  

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10; or C in NIC ENG-035; or C+ in Communications 12, or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics, and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Patrick Balfry

Patrick Balfry


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal Endorsement (May 1979)
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8726

Chris Posner

Chris Posner


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal certified journeyman Automotive Service Technician

Provincial Instructor Diploma

Subjects: Automotive Tech Harmonized
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9737 | Location EWG - 209a

Program Highlights

North Island College follows the provincial Automotive Service Technician (AST) training program. Curriculum concentrates on areas that have been identified by the BC automotive industry and the national Red Seal standard as being most important for new employees entering the trade.

You will train in a shop similar to that found in a normal work environment in order to develop the necessary skills to succeed. Special emphasis is placed on brake system servicing; steering, suspension service and wheel alignment; scheduled vehicle service; vehicle electrical and electronic systems; safety; and troubleshooting techniques.

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification exams for Automotive Service Technician I. Upon entering into an apprenticeship you will also receive a 450-hour time credit from the ITA toward the time required to complete your apprenticeship.

Launch your career

Upon completion of the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, you will discover a wide range of employment opportunities within this trade or in related areas. Career positions may include, but are not limited to, automotive service technician apprentice, lube technician, tire repair technician, service writer and parts person.

Supply List

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Safety Glasses
  • Coveralls
  • Steel Toed Boots – CSA approved
  • Welding helmet, goggles, gloves


Classroom Supplies

  • Padlock or Combination Lock
  • 3 ring binder
  • Loose leaf paper and graph paper
  • Pen/ pencil/ hi-liter
  • Scientific Calculator (optional)

In addition, NIC is pleased to make shop tools available to students in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $2,399
NISU Fees $110
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,000
Learner Resource $127
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,066

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.