Automotive Service Technician Apprentice

Important information for apprentices

This program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the automotive service industry. Auto technician apprentice training at VCC is designed to meet the needs of both the apprentice and industry by providing a valuable and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set. The e-pprentice stream allows students to take the first portion of courses online, only comping to campus for the final portion of the term.

Automotive service apprentices register into progressive technical training levels upon successful completion of the previous level technical training. Certification of Qualification exams cannot be written in any level without successfully passing the previous level.

Note: Apprentices beginning level 1 and 2 technical training after September 1, 2017 will be registering into the harmonized levels and will be required to complete their remaining levels in the harmonized program.

Harmonized level 1 and 2 intakes now open for registration

Harmonized level 3 intakes will be offered starting September 2018

Harmonized level 4 intakes will be offered starting September 2019

Current automotive service technicians that have completed their level 2 training prior to September 1, 2017 will continue into current levels 3 and 4.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Level 1 - Jan, Sep
Level 2 - Jan, Feb, Sep, Nov
Level 3 - Jan, Sep
Level 4 - Jan, Feb, Sep, Nov
6 to 7 weeks per level VCC Transcript Broadway Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

Students train in classrooms and the automotive service shop in VCC's facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the automotive labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. The college supplies tools and coveralls while the apprentice is a student at VCC. Students must supply their own safety equipment.

Technical training is divided into four levels, typically taken over four years. Level 1 covers shop safety, tools, suspension, brakes, steering and the fundamentals of an automobile frame. Level 2 advances the apprentice's skills in repairing a wide variety of engines. Level 3 provides the apprentice with competency in ignition, fuel and emission control systems. Level 4 completes the training with students developing skills in transmission and drive control systems.

An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.


We have flexible learning offerings, giving apprentices more options to complete their training sooner and without having to take as much time off work. The Provincial Flexible Learning Mode (PFLM) utilizes online, mentoring and traditional face-to-face training methods to deliver technical training based on a multi level outcome program in a two-component structure.

Component 1
During the first component (approximately 3 months), the apprentice remains at work and accesses media-rich online content when and where it is convenient. Apprentices collaborate online to create a rich and authentic learning environment. The workplace is also utilized during this component as the apprentice performs real tasks (workplace assignments) appropriate to provincial and national outcomes under the guidance of a qualified mentor.

Component 2
In the second component, the apprentice attends their training institution (approximately 1-2 weeks) to review Component 1 theory, complete knowledge evaluations, further develop their practical skills, and then complete competency-based evaluations (counterpart to the workplace assignments) to ensure they are able to perform all of the required tasks. The amount of time an apprentice spends at their college - away from the workplace - may be reduced to as little as one week.

E-PRENTICE components

Online Refresher for the Automotive Service Apprentice

VCC offers refresher courses that are intended to assist apprentices who need to repeat or prepare for a C of Q exam for a specific level of Automotive Service apprenticeship or the inter provincial exam.

For additional information about the program, call 604.871.7041, or email

Funding/financial support resources:
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Financial Supports
(information about Employment Insurance benefits or personal support payments for apprentices)

Service Canada, apprenticeship program office
4279 Canada Way (at Gilmore)
Burnaby, B.C.
Phone: 1.800.206.7218
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and have received an Apprentice Individual Identification Number.

To determine whether you qualify for apprenticeship training consult the Industry Training Authority.

New apprentices who have successfully completed an ITA approved training program can apply to the Industry Training Centre for credit towards the work-based and technical training requirements of their apprenticeship. Often, successful completion of a trades program or pre-apprentice program significantly reduces the work-based and/or training hours required for the trade.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee No Fee
Tuition Fee Level 1 - $613
Level 2 - $526
Level 3 - $613
Level 4 - $526
Harmonized Fees
$930 per level
Student Union Fee $55
College Initiative Fee $18 - Level 1 & 3
$15 - Level 2 & 4
U-Pass Fee $41 per month
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$24 - Campus Resource Fee – Level 1 & 3
$20 - Campus Resource Fee – Level 2 & 4
$117 - e-textbook
Apprentice Classes are a first pay, first seat registration (where seats are available). If you are already a VCC Apprentice, you are able register directly into your next level through
A $200.00 non refundable deposit is required if you are registering before two months of the start of your class. You will be invoiced with the balance and a due date for payment. Full fees are due if you are registering within two months of the start of class.
If you do not meet the requirements outlined by the ITA for the level you are registering in before one month of the start of class, you will be dropped from the course. It is your responsibility to ensure your ITA transcript is up to date with the Industry Training Authority. .

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Love cars? Auto collision, refinishing and service techs are in demand. Jump-start your career with VCC's hands-on training programs.

VCC has been a leader in hands-on transportation trades training for more than 50 years, giving graduates the skills to succeed in a demanding job market. Work on real cars in our auto body and auto service shops, and get the skills you need in as little as five months.

Automotive collision repair
Automotive refinishing technician
Automotive service technician

Come for a tour to see our shops, talk with instructors and see the training that regularly earns VCC students top honours in regional skills competitions.

Evening info sessions
Automotive collision and automotive refinishing also holds evening info sessions. Sign up here for evening sessions.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
January 14, 2020 Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway
January 28, 2020 Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway
February 11, 2020 Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lobby of 4th floor in building A, Access via Broadway Broadway

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(ATAP 1011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 1
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline

Term 2

(ATAP 2011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 2
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline

Term 3

(ATAP 3001) Auto Service Tech Apprentice Level 3
course schedule schedule
7.0 credits  course outline
(ATAP 3011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 3
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline

Term 4

(ATAP 4001) Auto Service Tech Apprentice Level 4
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits  course outline
(ATAP 4011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 4
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline