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Automotive Parts & Service Operations (Optional Co-op)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:8210
  • School:School of Transportation
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Automotive Parts and Service Operations is the perfect program to help you fill the need for trained support staff within the backbone of the auto industry — whether you're launching your first career, a new career, or want to round out your automotive education and skill base with an emphasis on operational management support.

The School of Transportation has worked closely with industry partners to create a program that will position you as a top candidate in an underrepresented area of the industry, even if you have no previous experience. The result is the first post-secondary program in Canada that will give you the knowledge and practical expertise of parts service, warranty administration, customer relations and business operations through hands-on training. 

Automotive Parts and Service Operations has the full support of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), which represents more than 1,000 new car dealers in Ontario. As such, the program is an excellent choice if you're just finishing high school or are a graduate of the Automotive Foundations or Techniques programs. Mature students and automotive technicians will also find this program an excellent pathway to a new career or a career change within the industry.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Companies Offering Jobs

Graduates will be prepared to work at entry-level and junior-level positions within the wider transportation industry including dealerships and aftermarket industries.

Program Highlights

“A breadth of knowledge …

This program includes introductory business courses and automotive-specific courses that will expose you to many different aspects of the transportation industry from automotive to motorcycle, truck & coach, and heavy-duty operations.  [Link to Program Outline Courses]

We want you to succeed. To help you do so, we’ve included an optional summer co-op work term between 1st and 2nd years as part of the Automotive Parts and Service Operations program. A co-op is an excellent way to gain valuable exposure to a real work environment and provide you with the opportunity to showcase your knowledge, enthusiasm and work ethic to potential employers. For more information about co-op at Centennial, please visit Co-op Programs. [Link to co-op programs]

… will open many doors.”

You will learn a variety of important skills including basics in marketing, communication, merchandising, micro and macro-economics, and industry trends that will set you apart in the job market. Don’t worry if you have no experience; we will help you grow from the ground up!


 “What do I have when I’m done?”

“Credentials plus skill …

In 2 years, you will have earned a unique, industry-recognized diploma that will qualify you to begin your new career or direction. You will have a broad knowledge base and credentials that will position you for immediate employment within the automotive sector.


… equals success.”

You will have the knowledge, credentials, and confidence to step into a support role in the transportation industry and make an impression. Your career starts here!

Career Outlook

  • Service Consultant / Advisor
  • Customer Relations Representative
  • Warranty Administrator
  • Control Tower
  • Service Coordinator / Service Scheduler / Customer Retention
  • Parts Advisor – retail / wholesale
  • Parts Wholesale Representative
  • Inventory Control
  • Shipper-Receiver
  • Aftersales departments Assistant Manager in training

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

To register for this Automotive Parts and Service Operations program, you must have:

Additional Requirements

Safety Requirements

• CSA approved safety shoes
• Safety glasses with clear lenses and side shields
• Ear plugs
• Appropriate clothing

Co-op Option

Co-op Option

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Co-op Requirements

  • Completion of all courses from semester one.
  • A minimum of C (60%) grade in COMM-160/161, or Accuplacer placement testing at the COMM-170/171 level.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of semester 1 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for COOP-521 in semester 2
  • Students must be eligible to work in Canada

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $676.54 $3,397.54
International $15,900.00 $1,185.54 $17,085.54

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