Kwantlen University 2012-13 Calendar | Automotive Service Technician: Certificate (Foundation)


In this 30 week program students will for employment as an apprentice Automotive Service Technician.

Hands-on shop experience is the basis from which skills are developed in the program. Students will learn various techniques in repairing, adjusting and replacing mechanical and electrical parts of automobiles and light trucks. Practical training in a shop environment will enhance students' knowledge and skills in shop safety, use of hand and power tools, as well as mechanical and electrical repairs.  Additional information is available on our program website at:

Students who complete the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program are eligible for credit for first level apprenticeship training, as well as 450 work-based training hours toward completion of the Automotive Service Technical Level 1 apprenticeship program. Upon program completion, students will be eligible to write the Auto Service Technician level Certificate of Qualification (COQ) exam.

Since this is a Red Seal trade, additional information is available at the Red Seal website.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to Kwantlen's General university admission requirements including the vocational-level English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply.

  • English:
    • English 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Completion of Kwantlen’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
    • Kwantlen’s Trades Mathematics test with a minimum score of 90
  • Interview by an instructor

Note: International student Application for Admission requires approval of the Dean.

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.

Program Requirements

  • Measuring Instruments
  • Shop Safety Practices
  • Shop Tools and Equipment
  • Fuel Systems
  • Engine Theory and Repair
  • The Drive Line
  • Emission Control Systems
  • Brakes and Tires
  • Ignition Systems
  • Steering Systems
  • Electronic Engine Management
  • Frame and Suspension Systems
  • Standard Transmission and Differentials
Required Courses
  ASTA 1100 Safety, Communication, Tools and Fasteners 3 credits
  ASTA 1110 General Automotive Services 1.5 credits
  ASTA 1120 Electrical Fundamentals, Diagnosis and Repair 6.5 credits
  ASTA 1130 Steering, Frames, Suspension and Wheel Alignment 6.5 credits
  ASTA 1140 Automotive Braking Systems 5 credits
  ASTA 1150 Welding 1 credit
  ASTA 1160 The Internal Combustion Engine 1.5 credits
  ASTA 1170 Power Train Fundamentals 2.5 credits
  ASTA 1180 Engine Management and Control Systems 5 credits

Note: Students must achieve 70% (B-)or better in all practical exams and tests to graduate from this program.

Other Information

Special Equipment

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

Foundation level service technician students must supply their own general hand tools complete with lockable toolbox; approximate cost is $750.00. In addition, a $200.00 clothing fee will be assessed for coverall provision and cleaning. The list is available both on the website and it will also be forwarded to the student on acceptance to the program.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Automotive Service Technician.

Upon successful completion, Kwantlen will also report your technical training completion information to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in order for the ITA to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.