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Automotive Service Technician Co-op partnered with TADA and FCA

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Program Details

  • Program Code:8226
  • Ministry Name:Motive Power Technician - Technical
  • 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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The TADA and Fiat Chrysler (FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) sponsored Automotive Service Technician (8226) Co-Op Diploma program provides training for entry-level technician positions in the field of automotive service and repair. While the primary focus of the program is Automotive Diagnosis and Repair, other aspects of automotive dealership operations are included. The content and delivery methods used in the program allow graduates to obtain vast amounts of knowledge required for them to meet the demands when they enter fast-paced environments of modern dealership Service Departments. Graduates of the program will be eligible for positions as Apprentice Automotive Service Technicians. While having obtained technical training and product knowledge, graduates would have developed critical thinking skills and diagnostic routines, which will increase their confidence in the field while at the same time making them valuable assets to potential employers.

As a student in this program, you will spend your first eight months in class learning your craft at our impressive training facilities at Ashtonbee Campus. Over the next eight months, you will apply what you have learned through a paid work placement as a registered apprentice at a TADA or FCA partnered dealership. You will spend your final eight months back at school preparing for a successful career in the automotive industry.

The in-school curriculum focuses on product description, operation, diagnostics and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. You will also learn the management, customer service, English and general education skills you will need for a broad range of employment opportunities in the automotive field. Along with the classroom sessions, you will train and practice what you have learned on a wide range of automobiles and components in fully equipped automotive labs. Additional technical lessons include access to factory training from the college's various partners (as applicable), Advanced Diagnostics, Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Training are also part of the program.

As a graduate, you will have earned a Motive Power Technician Diploma, an Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) certificate and will have completed levels 1 and 2 of the Ontario AST apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years. You will then be ready to return to school for your level 3 on a traditional apprenticeship.


The official Ministry name for this program is Motive Power Technician - Technical.


To support your learning, this program requires you to have access to a mobile computing device that meets minimum hardware requirements.

Please visit the BringIT page for more information on the requirements for your program.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

This unique college transportation program provides you with the highest level of apprenticeship technical training Centennial College offers, with the added value of a college diploma. The FCA and TADA Service Technician co-op program also balances theoretical and practical elements. You will spend eight months in class, eight months as a registered apprentice at a paid work placement in an FCA or TADA dealership and spend a final eight months back at school to prepare for a career in the automotive industry.

Career Outlook

  • Automotive service technician
  • Service writer
  • Service advisor
  • Service and parts manager
  • trainer
  • professor
  • automotive manufacturer specialist

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission  (score of 160 or 161 is required for admission)
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (M or U), or Grade 12 (C or U), or equivalent or take the Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English Language Proficiency
  • Eligible to work in Ontario and have an Ontario driver’s licence
  • Applicants must attend a program admission session where they will participate in an interview with faculty. The interview will be based on the following documents the applicants are required to bring to the session:
    • A completed job readiness questionnaire
    • A resume

Safety Requirements

CSA approved safety boots or shoes are required in this program. Safety glasses with clear lenses and side sheils and appropriate clothing are required for admittance to all lab classes. Failure to comply will result in a temporary dismissal from the class.  Welding lab in addition to your PPE requires “Welders Gloves” and Cotton Coveralls are preferred.

Co-op Option

Co-op Option

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Co-op Requirements

  • Completion of all courses from semester one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-160/161 or Accuplacer placement testing at the COMM-170/171 level
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for COOP-522 and 523 in semester 2

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

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 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 For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

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

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

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: 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 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

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 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $2,050.24 $4,771.24
International $16,377.00 $3,259.24 $19,636.24

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