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

Automotive Service Technicians examine, test and repair the parts and systems on cars and light trucks. Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.They often use computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems. The work of an Automotive Service Technician also involves reassembling and testing repaired items against manufacturers' standards, as well as performing preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. 

OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE AST PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

SEPTEMBER 2017 - AUGUST 2018

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Harmonized*

Current**

Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in September 2017

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before September 2017

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - Level 1 & Level 2 in effect September 2017

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Download (196 PDF KB)

Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (1,241 PDF KB)

Exam Weighting Charts

The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.

 
Foundation Outline

Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (545 PDF 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.

Program Updates:

As we transition to the Harmonized AST program, it is important that you are accessing the correct information. For details of changes to the program, please refer to OPSN-2017-002. For information about the Transition Plan, please see the Program Update.If you have any questions, please contact ITA Customer Service

*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.

The exam weighting chart is available for the current level 4 SLE and shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC). Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized program will be posted below as the exams launch. 

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 190.08 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.24 MB)
  • Foundation Outline
  • Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 288.41 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 21.59 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.