Automotive Parts and Service Management

January 2025
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Learn the knowledge and skills to work effectively as automotive service advisors or automotive parts persons. Students will develop a strong foundation for future management roles within the industry.

Tuition: 38280*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-automotive-parts-service-management.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan, Sep
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What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Select and resell replacement parts for a variety of automotive applications.
  • Manage automotive parts inventory.
  • Manage the customer experience in an automotive shop as a service advisor.
  • Explain the operation of a variety of automotive parts and service businesses.
  • Explain the function and operation of automotive parts.
  • Determine appropriate preventative maintenance and service for a variety of automotive applications.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders in the automotive industry.
  • Explain the function and operation of emerging automotive technology including zero emission vehicles and advanced driver assist systems.

What to expect

Lecture, group work, case studies, discussions, presentations, guest speakers, online activities.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Workplace Math 10 with a minimum 'C-' grade or equivalent


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Basic computer skills
  • Good general health and respiratory condition
  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of parts and equipment as required by the program
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision

Courses *

Classes are usually held from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with scheduled breaks during the Summer months (May to August). Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for all courses in the program, up to a maximum of 6 credits per term. 

Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include a challenge exam, submission of a product or portfolio for review, or a practical demonstration. Please contact the Department for details.

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

*International Students requesting PLAR, please contact VCC International Education Advising to learn how PLAR can impact immigration status, prior to proceeding with the PLAR request.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10300 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 38280
Student union283
College initiative183
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource383
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 570
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 644
Program-specific extra fees0

This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.

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Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.
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