About the Program
Please note: given that this program is less than 8 months in length, international students who graduate from this program are not eligible for the post-graduation work permit. For further details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s post-graduation work permit criteria.
The Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician program is designed for people with little or no automotive background experience. This program may be a step to securing an apprenticeship contract, if that is the goal of the student, or as basic automotive information. After successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to write the First Period Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship exam. This program has both fall and winter intakes.
The School of Skilled Trades
NAIT's School of Skilled Trades offers training in over 40 program areas leading to journeyperson certification, and certificate and diploma credentials. NAIT's Automotive program trains 42% of the province's apprentices and is the largest single provider of automotive apprentice training in Alberta.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $500
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- English 20
- Pure Math 20 or 20-1
- Science 10
- 2 Years of RAP (grades 11-12) acceptable in lieu of Science
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Valid Alberta Class 5 GDL driver's license or equivalent
Students must attend a 3-week practicum of 40 hours per week at a vehicle repair shop. Travel to the worksite is the responsibility of the student. Since this work is part of the educational experience, salaries are not paid to students during the practicum period.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.