Automotive Service Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship (Partnered with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA))

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Program Code: 8216

School: School of Transportation

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, pending Ministry approval

Location: Ashtonbee Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7298

The tinkering is over. Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves of your career and get dirty! The Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship program puts you under the hood of a range of vehicles and is the program to take when you’re serious about your success.

Our program partnership with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) means you will spend a third of your time working as an apprentice in a TADA dealership. That’s right! You get paid while you gain valuable real-world experience and earn a college diploma!

Why this program?

The Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship is a unique program that will provide you with the highest level of apprenticeship technical training Centennial College offers. The School of Transportation's facilities at Ashtonbee Campus make up the province's largest transportation training hub. At these state-of-the-art labs, top-notch industry veterans will walk you through a perfect balance of the theoretical and practical elements you will need as you begin your career.

During your time in the TADA apprenticeship program, you will amass industry-specific knowledge and hands-on experience in cutting-edge automotive labs, while gaining real-world experience as a registered apprentice with a TADA dealer. That experience and base of knowledge will put you at the top of the candidate list for prime opportunities within the industry.

Do you have your sights set on a university degree? Qualified graduates may be eligible to receive degree credit with our partnering institutions through our pathway program.

What can I expect?

You will spend your first eight months in class learning your craft in the impressive training facilities at Ashtonbee Campus. Over the next eight months, you will apply what you’ve learned through a paid work placement as a registered apprentice at a TADA 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 theory and technique 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, and hybrid/alternate fuels training.

What do I have when I’m done?

As a graduate, you will have earned an Ontario college diploma and completed your entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years. You will be qualified, employment-ready, and have future management potential.

When you begin your co-op placement, you will be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and will be eligible for up to $4,000 in grants and tax incentives.

During your first year, you may qualify for a scholarship of $2,500.

Are you already an apprentice? No problem. You may apply to enter this program at various levels by contacting the program coordinator, Stephen Leroux.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
DAST-101 Work Place Practices and Procedures Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-102 Engine Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-105 Drive Train Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-106 Suspension/Steering and Brakes Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-107 Electrical/ Electronics & Emissions Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Ashtonbee Campus
COOP-521 Employment Pre-placement Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-201 Work Place Practice Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-202 Engine Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-205 Drive Train Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-206 Suspension/ Steering and Brakes Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-207 Electrical, Electronic & Emissions Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
COOP-522 Coop Work Placement Period Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
COOP-523 Coop Work Placement Period Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-302 Engine Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-306 Suspension, Steering and Brake Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-307 Electrical/Electronics and Emissions Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-501 Autobody Estimating Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
Busn-121 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour Ashtonbee Campus
DACO-611 Fixed Operations Management Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-301 Electronic Climate Control Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-305 Drive Train Systems Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-607 Advanced Electrical & Diagnostics Ashtonbee Campus
DAST-608 Diesel, Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Technology Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Program Highlights

After graduating from The Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship program, you may start or continue your apprenticeship with several possible career paths in mind.

The following links will be beneficial to you if you wish to learn more about apprenticeships and the industry:

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Conestoga College, Ontario
  • Laurentian University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Automotive service technician
  • Service writer
  • Service advisor
  • Service and parts manager
  • Trainer
  • Professor
  • Automotive manufacturer specialist

Academic Requirements

To register for the Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship program, you must have:

Additional Requirements

  • Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Ontario and have an Ontario driver's license.
  • 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


  • Only applicants who have submitted English and Mathematics grades will be invited to the program admission session.
  • After we receive official transcripts showing that you meet the English and mathematics requirements, you will be sent a letter with instructions on how to prepare for and how to book the program admission session.

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

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

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 log in 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 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.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,292.00 $4,059.00
International $12,800.00 $2,837.00 $15,637.00