Holland College | Automotive Technology



Automotive Technology

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential: Automotive Technician Diploma
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • A valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license. International students require a valid and current international driver’s license and a driver’s abstract.
  • Driver’s abstract*
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with Grade 11 or 12 academic English, math and physics.

Fees for the academic year 2019/2020. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student fee is an additional $4000 per year (includes International Health Fee).
International Student fee is due on first day of class.


Tuition and Other Fees  1st Year  2nd Year
Tuition  $ 5,358  $ 5,358
Student Union  $ 168  $ 168
Lab Fee $ 120 $ 120
Health Insurance Fee  $ 410  $ 410
First Aid/WHMIS  $  100  $  –
Graduation fee $ – $ 90
Total  $ 6,156  $ 6,146
1st installment due upon first day of class $ 3,965 $ 3,955
2nd installment due January 6 $ 2,191 $ 2,191
Other Program Costs  1st Year  2nd Year
Books  $ 450  $ 450
Materials/Supplies  $ 50  $ 50
Uniforms/Safety Shoes/License Fee  $  200  $ 160
Equipment/Tools/Registration Fee  $ 1,300 (see note)  $ 150
Total  $ 2,000  $ 810

Note: Upon completion of first year, students will begin work placements. At this time, students will be required to purchase a set of tools. Average cost is $1,300; but will vary depending on tool quality and existing personal tool supply. A list will be provided by the instructor.

  • Car dealerships
  • Independent garages
  • National auto chains
  • Service centres
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Customer service
  • Self-employment

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Automotive Technology program provides a comprehensive introduction to the mechanical and technological skills you’ll need to work as an automotive service technician. The program gives you a solid grounding in mechanical systems, computers, networks, electronics, and non-mechanical systems you’ll encounter on the job. You will take what you learn in the classroom and apply it in Holland College’s Automotive Technology shop.


You’ll work on a fleet of diverse vehicles to develop your skills, then you will have an on the job training work placement where you will be in a real work environment. On the job training not only gives you valuable real-life experience, it also helps you build a network of potential employers.


The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.

The most successful path to a Red Seal as an Automotive Service Technician begins with Holland College’s Automotive Technology program. You earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training hours and write two block exams, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Once you are working with a suitable employer, you can register as an apprentice, and Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were in Holland College’s Automotive Technology program.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

This is a U.S. Federal Aid Approved program.


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