Job requirements Automotive Service Technician - Steering, Suspension And Brakes in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Automotive service technicians
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four-year automotive service technician apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in automotive technology is required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for automotive service technicians is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Automotive service technician (transmission) trade certification is compulsory in Ontario.
  • Automotive service technician (steering, suspension and brakes) trade certification is compulsory in New Brunswick and Ontario.
  • Automotive service technician (service station mechanic) trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Mechanical repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training of two to three years is provided by employers.
Truck and transport and truck-trailer mechanics
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four-year truck and transport mechanic or truck-trailer repair apprenticeship or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in truck or heavy duty equipment mechanics is required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for truck and transport mechanics is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Transport trailer technician trade certification is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified truck-trailer repairers and truck and transport mechanics upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Automotive Service Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Truck And Transport Mechanic (commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Transport Trailer Technician (commercial Trailer Mechanic) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Transport Trailer Technician (commercial Trailer Mechanic) Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Automotive Service Technician (steering, Suspension And Brakes) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Commercial Trailer Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Transport Trailer Technician (commercial Trailer Mechanic) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Transport Trailer Technician (commercial Trailer Mechanic) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Automotive Service Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Automotive Service Technician (service Centre Technician) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Transport Trailer Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Nunavut Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Alignment And Brakes Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Automotive Electronic Accessory Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Automotive Service Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Fuel And Electrical Systems Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Transmission Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Bearings Mechanic Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Internal Combustion Alternate Fuel Technician Regulated Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Internal Combustion Alternate Fuel Technician-industrial Equipment Regulated Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Truck And Coach Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Truck Trailer Service Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Service Station Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Transport Trailer Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Automobile Mechanic Regulated Comités paritaire sur l'industrie des services automobiles, Ministère du Travail du Québec
Saskatchewan Automotive Service Technician Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon Automotive Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Transport Trailer Technician (commercial Trailer Mechanic) Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Truck And Transport Mechanic Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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