Automotive Apprenticeship Program Outline

Apprentices work at an Automotive business and come to VIU for 7 weeks each year for technical training. To find out how to register for technical training, please see our Apprenticeship programs or call 250-740-6227. The 4 levels of the apprenticeship program are listed below:

Level 1 (7 weeks)

  • Auto shop Safety
  • Technical information resources and technology
  • Basic and measuring tools, thread repair, power tools, pipe tubing, fasteners, shop equipment.
  • Steering and Suspension systems
  • Brake systems, including antilock and traction control
  • Basic electricity, batteries, electrical circuitry and meters.

Level 2 (7 weeks)

  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • Starting systems, charging systems and auxiliary circuits.
  • Basic diesel injection systems
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Refrigerant handling certification

Level 3 (7 weeks)

  • Ignition systems and electronic engine controls
  • Fuel composition, carburetion, delivery systems
  • Gasoline fuel injection systems
  • Turbo, Supercharger and alternative fuel systems
  • Emission control systems and OBD2

Level 4 (7 weeks)

  • Clutches, standard transmissions and transaxles
  • 4 wheel drive, all wheel drive systems, differentials.
  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Air Care administration.

Note: apprentices who graduated from the Automotive Foundation program may receive credit for Level 1.

Upon successful completion of all 4 years of technical training, verification of work based training hours, successful completion of the Interprovincial Exam, students will receive their Automotive Service Technician Red Seal Certification.


Automotive Glass Technician 
 (Not currently being offered)

  • Perform safety related functions
  • Use tools, equipment and supplies
  • Organize work and use documentation
  • Prepare vehicle
  • Perform windshield repair
  • Remove, repair and install components
  • Remove and install glass/materials
  • Prepare vehicle for delivery
  • Perform troubleshooting procedures