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.

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:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program

  • July 2021: All Current (pre-harmonized) levels have been phased out. Apprentices who have Current Level 2 or Current Level 3 as their highest level of training are asked to contact their Apprenticeship Advisor before registering for their next level of training. Please see the Transition Update or the Transition Plan for details.
  • If you have any questions, please contact ITA Customer Service

Exam Weighting Charts (CofQ and SLE)

 

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)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 28.21 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.