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Apprenticeship training

Automotive service

Get your Automotive Service Technician Red Seal

All automotive service technician apprentices need to be registered with Skilled Trades BC with support of an industry sponsor/employer.

The Automotive Apprenticeship program consists of four levels of training, with seven weeks of in-school training in each of the four levels.

You attend a seven-week training program each year. Classes are scheduled in the day time and include both theory and practice. The program follows the approved British Columbia Automotive Service Technician Program Outline, which meets the requirements for Canadian Red Seal accreditation and prepares you to write the Interprovincial Examination leading to final certification.

The Automotive Service Technician field is both challenging and rewarding. The technology changes very rapidly, which makes for an interesting work environment. There are many opportunities for advancement with well-paid salaries. Interprovincial certification is recognized Canada-wide and proves that you have what it takes to succeed in the changing workplace.

If you are not currently working as an automotive service technician, you may consider enrolling first in UFV's Automotive Service Technician foundation program to gain the entry-level skills needed to secure employment. As a graduate of the program, you get advanced apprenticeship placement when you find an employer to sponsor you.

Please email if you have any questions.

Upcoming schedule

Level 1 (7 weeks)

2026 tentative

Accepting applications

Level 2 (7 weeks)

January 6 - February 21, 2025

Limited/No seats available 

April 28, 2025 

Limited/No seats available

Level 3 (7 weeks)

September 9 - Oct 25, 2024

Limited/No seats available

March 3 - April 18, 2025

Limited/No seats available

Level 4 (7 weeks)

November 4 - Dec 20, 2024

Limited/No seats available

Please note: this schedule is subject to change. For current information, please email or call 604-847-5448

Steps to apply

  1. Submit an online application through the UFV portal for the Automotive Apprenticeship program (please note you will apply for apprenticeship but not a specific level as that will be determined in step 2).
  2. You will then receive an email from, to the email address you submitted on the application, asking for additional information (level of Technical Training required, Skilled Trades BC no., sponsor/employer, etc).
  3. You will then be scheduled for the next available intake.

Apprenticeship Tax Credits

If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship program administered through the Skilled Trades BC, you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the Skilled Trades BC website for more information.

There are also tax credits available for employers sponsoring students through their apprenticeships.

Fees and costs

Automotive service technician apprenticeship - Level 1,2,3,4  [7 weeks/level]
  2024-2025 2023-2024
Tuition/week $135.24 $132.59
Ancillary fee/week $13.52 $13.26
Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/week $2.70 $2.65
Tuition and fees (per week) $151.46 $148.50
Student union & society fees (per semester) $170.59 $165.90
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Automotive service technician apprenticeship - estimated total tuition and fees per level $1,231.01 $1,205.40

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.


Additional program costs for Automotive Service apprenticeship

  • Books — $200.00