In light of growing concerns about spreading incidents of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection, Okanagan College has decided to postpone some 2020 Trades Foundation program intakes. Please check here to view up-to-date intake dates.
This two-year diploma program is designed for students who wish to obtain employment in the automotive industry as an Automotive Service Technician, or seek a management role in service, sales or operations. The program begins by providing the student with the first year of apprenticeship training followed by second-year courses in advanced level automotive service and repair with a focus on industry required skills in technical writing, business practices, office skills and management. This unique program provides training in technical areas that include automotive service and repair, technical writing and communication and business practices. Upon successful completion of the technical training, students will be eligible to write the provincial Industry Training Authority standardized examinations for AST HL1 and receive 450 hours of practical work based hours towards the AST HL1 certification.
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.
A minimum of 50% in any of:
Or a minimum of 63% on the ABLE 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%.
Relevant trades experience may be assessed for entry into this program.
Year 2 Entry:
A student who has successfully completed the Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Program within the previous five years is also eligible for admittance into the second year of this diploma program.
Graduates must complete the 26 courses with a minimum passing grade of 60% in each course. Students must achieve an average grade of no less than 70% in each year.
Trades and Apprenticeship
2019-20: $12,695 (entire two-year program)
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 04/06/2020