School of Skilled Trades

Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

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Delivery Options

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician program is a short-term program that combines applied academic skills, employability skills and introductory trade/occupation competencies, preparing grads for entry-level positions in the automotive industry.

The 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.

Graduates of the program can challenge the first period apprenticeship exam for the Automotive Service Technician program.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

If you enjoy doing precise work that is varied and challenging and like to have a feeling of independence, then you will enjoy working as an automotive service technician.

Automotive service technicians are constantly learning on the job to adapt to industry changes and evolving automotive design trends. Employment for automotive service technicians is steady.

To be successful as an automotive service technician, you must have:

  • good hearing, eyesight and manual dexterity
  • mechanical aptitude and interest
  • the ability to lift up to 25 kgs
  • the passion to keep up to date with changing technology
  • a working knowledge of electricity, electronics and computers
  • a valid driver’s license
Automotive Service Technician

Student Support

The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.

If there is something you are looking for or if you need additional information, please contact us at auto@nait.ca.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As an automotive service technician, you will be employed by automotive repair shops, specialty repair shops, service facilities, car and truck dealerships, and by large organizations that own fleets of vehicles.

Experienced automotive service technicians can become service managers or shop supervisors. You could also open your own repair facility.

Automotive Service Technician

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General program information

Email: transportation@nait.ca

International Students

Since 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. International students must apply for a Study Permit and a Co-op work permit even though this program is less than 6 months. Students enrolled in the Automotive Service Technician –Pre-employment certificate are required to complete a Practicum that requires a Co-op work permit.

For more details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s post-graduation work permit criteria and Co-op work permit criteria.  Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.

International Students

International applicants should please note the following:

  • Study Permit and Co-op Permit: Admission into this credit certificate program may qualify international students for a study permit and a co-op work permit. 
  • Work Practicum: Students enrolled in the program must complete a work practicum. International students must apply for a co-op work permit and receive approval before the start of your work placement.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program is too short to meet the requirements for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. (Programs must be at least 8 months long to qualify. This program is 22 weeks.)
  • Working in the Skilled Trades in Alberta: Study permit or work permit holders may not be eligible to indenture with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) upon completion of this program. Indenturing with AIT is a requirement to work as a technician in Alberta. Learn more about who can indenture.

International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT academic advisor – international focus to discuss options.



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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.