2022-23 Calendar

Automotive Service Technology Diploma

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 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.

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.

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
  • 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 TEA 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.

Program Outline

ASTD 100 Workplace Safety-Related Functions
ASTD 101 Automotive Tools and Equipment
ASTD 102 Math for Automotive Systems
ASTD 103 Automotive Information Systems
ASTD 104 Automotive Electrical Systems I
ASTD 105 Technical Communication for Automotive Systems
ASTD 106 Automotive Driveline Systems I
ASTD 107 Automotive Body Components
ASTD 108 Automotive Chassis Systems I
ASTD 109 Automotive Brake Systems I
ASTD 110 Automotive Steering and Control Systems I
ASTD 111 Automotive Suspension and Control Systems I
ASTD 112 Automotive Maintenance
ASTD 200 Automotive Business Practices I
ASTD 201 Automotive Electronic System I
ASTD 202 Automotive Engine Systems
ASTD 203 Automotive Brake Systems II
ASTD 204 Automotive Chassis Systems II
ASTD 205 Automotive Driveline Systems II
ASTD 206 Automotive Electrical Systems II
ASTD 207 Automotive Engine Management
ASTD 208 Automotive Electronic Systems II
ASTD 209 Automotive Diesel Engine Systems
ASTD 210 Automotive Business Practices II
ASTD 211 Technical Writing for Automotive Systems
ASTD 212 Automotive Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems

Graduation Requirements

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. 

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)
    Entire program at this campus




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $13,435.44 (entire two-year program)


Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 07/06/2022