2022-23 Calendar

Automotive Service Technician Foundation

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 33-week (990 hour) program takes students with little or no previous experience in the automotive repair trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment in this industry as an apprentice technician. The courses introduce the students to many aspects of servicing and repair in the automotive repair trade with a focus on developing practical skills. Graduates of this program will receive 450 hours towards Automotive Service Technician Year 1 (AST 1) certification and the opportunity to write the AST 1 Certificate of Qualification exam. The AST 1 Certificate of Qualification and 1590 workplace hours are required to proceed into AST 2. 

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

  • Pre-calculus Grade 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
  • Workplace Mathematics 11
  • Principles of Mathematics 11
  • Applications of Mathematics 11
  • Essentials of Mathematics 11
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
  • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%. 

Program Outline

ASTF 100 Perform Safety-Related Functions
ASTF 101 Use Tools, Equipment and Documentation
ASTF 102 Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
ASTF 103 Diagnose and Repair Driveline Systems
ASTF 104 Diagnose and Repair Electrical Systems and Components
ASTF 105 Diagnose and Repair Steering and Suspension, Tires, Wheels, Hubs and Wheel Bearings
ASTF 106 Diagnose and Repair Braking and Control Systems
ASTF 107 Diagnose and Repair Restraint Systems, Body Components, Accessories and Trim
ASTF 108 Diagnose and Repair Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EV)
ASTF 109 Industry Work Placement
ASTF 110 Final Exam

Graduation Requirements

ASTF 109 Industry Work Placement students must receive a "Pass" grade. Minimum passing grade is a GGA of seventy percent (70%).

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $5,110.5


This program is student loan eligible.


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022