Program Description

The Certificate in Automotive Service Technician Studies at Dorset College is an 8-month program that consists of specially designed courses in automotive science, technical communications, English interactions, and oral English. This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

This certificate program enables international students to:

  • Strengthen their written and oral English skills;
  • Learn basic automotive technical knowledge and mechanical reasoning skills;
  • Become familiar with western academic style and culture.

Program Length

8 months

Program Requirements

High school diploma. Students are asked to provide one of the following:

  1. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    1. English 12 (50%) or
    2. Communications 12 (67%)
  2. IELTS Minimum overall band test score of 6.0
  3. TOEFL
    1. Minimum score of 80 (internet based)
    2. Minimum score of 213 (computer based)
    3. Minimum score of 550 (paper based)
  4. Successfully complete (85%) of the Dorset College Academic Preparation Program
  5. Sufficient score (70%) of Dorset College English Proficiency Examination
  6. Successfully complete (70%) of Dorset College ENGL 099 (University English Skills III) course
  7. Versant English Placement Test – Minimum score of 61
  8. Duolingo English Test – Minimum score of 110

Program Courses

Term 1

Automotive Science I

 English Interactions I

 Oral Fluency I

Term 2

Automotive Science II

English Interactions II

Oral Fluency II


Note: Students must complete each of the required courses at Dorset College with a minimum grade of 70%


Upon successful completion of Dorset College’s Certificate in Automotive Service Technician Studies, students are guaranteed transfer to the Automotive Service Technician (AST) Program at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

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Vancouver, BC, V6H 1G7, Canada

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