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Parts, Warehousing, Logistics & Distribution: Citation (Foundation)


This 20 week program prepares students for employment in the parts and service industry. Utilizing various computerized software applications, students will become knowledgeable in various techniques in inventory management, ordering, billing, identification, processes, and customer service skills.  Students will be provided opportunities to apply the practical skills taught throughout the program supporting the Cloverdale campus Auto Service Parts Department.

At the end of the Foundation program students will write the Parts & Warehouse Level 1 Certificate of Qualification (COQ) exam.  Students who complete the Foundation program and COQ exam are eligible for credit in Parts Level 1 apprenticeship program and  300 work-based training hours.  

Taking a foundation program can build the skills that employers are looking for.  To progress as an apprentice you will need to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship and register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).  When you are ready for career advancement; KPU delivers Parts & Warehousing Apprentice in-school technical training levels 2 and 3.

Details on program dates are available on Kwantlen Course Search.

Student Profile

This program is suited for individuals who enjoy working with computers, inventory controls, automobiles, commercial or industrial equipment. Additional information is available at:

Career Opportunities

Supply chain career opportunities can include manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail and wholesale establishments, mining, forestry and construction companies, repair shops, hospitals and other establishments. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Admission Requirements

The following program admission requirements apply:

  • English:
    • English 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Completion of KPU’s Trades reading test with a minimum score of 75%
  • Mathematics:
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • KPU’s Trades Mathematics test with a minimum threshold percentage of 31%
  • Interview by an instructor

Note: Admission for international applicants requires approval of the Dean.

On 24 October 2016 a change to the admission requirements for this program was approved by Senate. Effective September 2017 the requirement Interview by an instructor will be removed. The recommendations below will also be removed. The change will appear in the 2017-18 University Calendar to be published in June 2017.

Recommend satisfactory physical health. Prior to applying, prospective students with mental or physical impairments, who may require program accommodations, should contact the Office of the Dean of Trades and Technology to discuss required skills and competencies, and a Disability Advisor at 604.599.3233 to ensure appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

Curricular Requirements

The program content encompasses:

  • Stock handling procedures (shipping, receiving and inventory control)
  • Office procedures and communications
  • Standard stock and materials
  • Parts Identification (Mechanical)
  • Support systems (Mechanical)
  • Support systems (Electrical)
  • Frames and chassis
  • Catalogue types and applications (Electronic, Paper and Fiche)
  • Power trains

Note: Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70%, which translates to a B-, in practical exams and assignments.

Required Courses:
  PRTS 1100 Parts Trade: Introduction and Safety 2 credits
  PRTS 1110 Warehousing Tasks and Parts Catalogues 3 credits
  PRTS 1120 Counter Duties and Basic Vehicular Systems 4 credits
  PRTS 1130 Mechanical Parts Introduction 3 credits
  PRTS 1140 Standard Stock, Lubricant and Shop Supplies 2 credits
  PRTS 1150 Catalogues and Engine Components 2 credits
  PRTS 1160 Engine Support Systems 3 credits

Other Information

Special Equipment

Students will require appropriate steel-toed safety shoes or boots.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Parts, Warehousing, Logistics & Distribution.

KPU will report your in-school technical training completion information to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in order for the ITA to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.

At a Glance

Faculty of Trades and Technology

Parts, Warehousing, Logistics & Distribution

Program Type:

  • Vocational

Credential Granted:

  • Citation

Offered At:

  • KPU Tech  Cloverdale

Start Date(s):

  • Intake Start Varies  Varies

Intake Type:

  • Limited Intake  Limited intake


  • Full-time  Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 19

Instructional Cycle:

  • Fixed-term

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Mar-2017

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