Automotive Service Technician (AST 1, 2, 3 and 4)

"Automotive Service Technicians" possess the full range of knowledge and abilities required to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems including engines, vehicle management, hybrids, steering, braking, tires, wheels, drivetrains, suspension, electrical, electronics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), restraints, trim and accessories of automotive vehicles and light trucks with a gross vehicle weight less than 5,500 kg.

*Please be aware that apprentices must report work-based training hours at each program level in order to receive a CofQ at that level. See the program update for complete details.

SINGLE CREDENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION - In effect starting January 1, 2023

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Download (PDF 187 KB)

Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (PDF 803 KB)

Record Book Your AST Certification Guidebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHALLENGE CERTIFICATION/RECOGNIZE PRIOR EXPERIENCE

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

Instructions How to Apply Download (PDF 159.66 KB)
Application Form Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option) Download (PDF 178.62 KB)
Employer Declaration Document of relevant work experience Challenge Declaration Forms
Statutory Declaration Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted Challenge Declaration Forms

Program Updates:

  • August 2022: An updated AST Single Credential Program Profile and Outline will be implemented on January 1, 2023. Please see OPSN 2022 019 for details.
  • October 2021: All Current (pre-harmonized) levels have been phased out. Apprentices who have completed Current Level 2 (CL2) or Current Level 3 (CL3) and are interested in registering for Harmonized Level 3 (HL3) or Harmonized Level 4 (HL4) of training are asked to contact their Apprenticeship Advisor before registering to discuss potential gaps in their training. Please see the Transition Update or the Transition Plan for details.
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Certificate of Qualification (CofQ) and Standardized Level Exam (SLE) Updates

  • August 2022: Standardized Level Exams (SLEs) for levels 1, 2, and 3 will be implemented on January 1, 2023. Please see OPSN 2022 019 for details.

Exam Weighting Charts (CofQ and SLE)

Exam Acronyms (CofQ and SLE)

Interprovincial Exam Updates

  • No exam updates

Interprovincial Exam Information

 

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 240.35 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 824.74 KB)
  • Foundation Outline
  • Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 533.89 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.