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Harmonized Automotive Service Technician - Foundation Training


The Automotive Service Technician Foundation Training gives students the technical skills and knowledge to repair, adjust and replace mechanical parts in automobiles and light trucks. The full-time, 30-week program covers all the theory and practical components necessary for the first-year Automotive Service Technician Certificate, and provides a complement of valuable industry skills.

Program Outline 
  • AUTOF 18000 Workplace safety
  • AUTOF 18001 Employability Skills
  • AUTOF 18002 Tools and Equipment
  • AUTOF 18003 General Automotive Maintenance
  • AUTOF 18004 General Automotive Practices
  • AUTOF 18005 Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • AUTOF 18006 Brake Systems
  • AUTOF 18007 Steering Systems
  • AUTOF 18008 Suspension Systems
  • AUTOF 18009 Final Examination - Level I
  • AUTOF 18010 Optional Practicum
Career Opportunities 

Graduates can expect to find employment as automotive service technician apprentices, lube technicians, tire repair technicians, parts persons, brake and muffler installers, or other foundation positions in automotive service industries.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 Graduation Required OR Mature Student 
  • English 10 or equivalent 
  •  Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or higher 


  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test,


  • Permission of Instructor.

Unless otherwise noted, "Permission of Instructor" may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Terrace   September 4, 2018 April 12, 2019
Program Fees 
AST FOUNDATION TRAINING PROGRAM FEES Full-time (30 Weeks) International (30 Weeks)
Tuition: $2098.20 $8917.35
*Student Union Fees: $81.72 $81.72
*Mandatory Fees: $600.30 $650.30
Health Insurance: N/A $230.00
Total: $2780.22 $9879.37

Fees are effective as of August 2nd, 2017
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check your local campus for details.

Student’s purchasing Tool Kits from NWCC have the option of purchasing tools with or without a tool box. Please note that the tool boxes are required for the course so students who purchase tools only from NWCC must purchase a tool box elsewhere. Tool Kits are available for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the Registration Office.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools