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Automotive Training Centre (ATC)


Possible funding to those who qualify*

  • Non-DEI (Requires an exemption)
  • Non-Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
  • Alberta Student Aid Program
  • Second Career
  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Bursaries
  • Scholarships


Programs offered at each campus may vary, so be sure to check other campus offerings for the course you are most interested in.

Business, Accounting, Marketing Programs

  • Business Manager Training Toronto (This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005) Interested in finance and insurance? Then you will want to invest in F&I training that provides everything you need to succeed in this career. That means you will acquire excellent leadership and communication skills and have the expertise required to handle the financial and legal aspects of a sales transaction.

    Key elements of the F&I training program

    • Business Manager’s Role in the Dealership
    • Financial Institutions & Their Requirements
    • Getting the Contracts Purchased
    • Credit Reporting Overview
    • Understanding Credit Scores and Risks
    • Reading Credit Reports
    • Prequalification Using Credit Reports
    • Cash Conversions
    • Bank Conversions
    • Use a Customer-Friendly, Aggressive F & I Process
    • Qualify Your Customer, Use The Right Words
    • Product Knowledge
    • Menu Selling Leasing Skills & Techniques

Creative Arts, Interactive, Sound Programs

Skilled Trades, Auto, Fire Programs

  • Have you ever wondered how the vehicles on used car lots all look so good? They have all been given a once over by an expert in auto detailing, known formally as “dealer preparation”.

    Experts in auto detailing are highly prized because they turn low-value cars and trucks into much higher value reconditioned vehicles. Or you can strike out on your own by establishing your own auto detailing business, an ideal choice if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and have always wanted to run your own business. You will enjoy seeing the smiles on the face of customers when they see the results of your auto detailing.

    Automotive Training Centre’s short Automotive Detailing program offers a hands-on approach to learning that takes place, for the most part, in the shop. In fact, you will spend 85% of the course in the shop gaining practical experience, giving you the confidence that you can perform in a real shop environment.

    Your instruction covers the essentials of preparing a car for the showroom floor and offers hands-on skills in exterior and interior maintenance for used automobiles. We also ensure you receive instruction on a wide variety of surfaces and materials, a key benefit because it widens your employment potential.

    Key elements of ATC’s Auto Detailing Course

    • An Introduction to Professional Automotive Detailing (P.A.D.)
    • Exterior Preparation and Interior Reconditioning
    • Used Vehicle Exterior Reconditioning
    • Vehicle Paint Surface Repair And Reconditioning
    • Workplace Introduction And Major Shop Projects

    Earn an industry recognized certificate

    After completing a workplace introduction and major shop projects, you will be awarded an industry recognized certificate following successful completion of a final exam that covers these topics:

    • P.A.D. – Vehicle preparation for delivery and PDI showroom preparation
    • Used vehicle preparation and interior/exterior reconditioning
    • Understanding vehicle paint repair & reconditioning and be shown how to apply vehicle protection applications (rust proofing, undercoating. etc.)

      (This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005)
  • After graduation, you will be prepared to take on a wide range of positions within the Automotive Service Sector. Here is a brief outline of some of the employment opportunities, job titles and responsibilities you might have once you have completed your training.

    Auto Service Advisor employment opportunities

    • Automotive Dealerships
    • Automotive Franchise
    • Independent Repair Facilities

    Service Advisor Entry-level job titles

    • Service Advisor
    • Wholesale Retail Parts Representative
    • Wholesale Technical Sales Specialist
    • Retail Salesperson & Sales Clerk
    • Sales Representative (Non Technical)
    • Retail Parts Clerk
    • Tower Operator
    • Warranty Administrator
    • Appointment Coordinator

    Typical job description for an automotive service advisor

    • Provide courteous and professional customer service to customers who come to the dealership with questions and concerns about their vehicle.
    • Suggest additional services and products to the customer (sales). Write up the work order for the required repairs.
    • Estimate parts and labour costs, negotiate terms of payment and initiate credit checks.
    • Process and track administrative paperwork regarding customer repairs.
    • Act as a liaison between the customer and the technician.
    • Maintain contact with the customer to keep them informed of status of the service work.
  • The Auto Mechanic Training program provides students with organized learning experiences along with actual shop training, to equip them with the necessary knowledge and experience to diagnose and repair real automotive problems. The combination of both classroom theory (40%) and hands-on training (60%) offers the auto mechanic student the experiences that are required for entry-level Auto Mechanic Jobs. This Auto Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship program prepares students to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types and makes of cars. The Automotive Training Centre Instructors all have relevant field experience and provide a practical and knowledgeable source of education to our students.

    The Auto Mechanic Training program includes:

    • Introduction to the Automotive Industry and Shop Safety
    • Preventive Maintenance
    • Service Wheels, Tires, Hubs and Bearings
    • Operation & Service Hydraulic Brake Systems
    • Operation and Servicing of Hydraulic Brake Systems
    • Operation & Service Suspension Systems
    • Operation & Service Steering Systems
    • Wheel Alignment
    • Welding Fundamentals
    • Service the Drive Lines and Drive Axles
    • Electrical Fundamentals
    • General Electrical Systems Diagnostics
    • Service Gasoline Engine
    • Service Lubrication and Cooling Systems
    • Operation & Service Ignition Systems
    • Operation and Servicing Fuel Injection Systems
    • Service Emissions and Computer Control System
  • In the ATC’s automotive technology training program (approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005), experienced instructors with many years of field experience give you the classroom and hands-on shop training you need to acquire an entry level position and perform, diagnose and repair many different makes of automobiles. Key elements of the automotive technology training  program
    • Introduction to the Automotive Industry and Shop Safety
    • Preventive Maintenance
    • Service Wheels, Tires, Hubs and Bearings
    • Operation and Servicing of Hydraulic Brake Systems
    • Operation & Service Suspension Systems
    • Operation & Service Steering Systems
    • Wheel Alignment Theory
    • Welding Fundamentals
    • Service the Drive Lines and Drive Axles
    • Electrical Fundamentals
    • General Electrical Systems Diagnostics
    • Service Gasoline Engine
    • Service Lubrication and Cooling Systems
    • Operation & Service Ignition Systems
    • Operation and Servicing Fuel Injection Systems
    • Service Emissions and Computer Control System
    “The Automotive Training Centre (Ontario) Ltd. operates as Canadian Automotive and Trucking Institute”
  • ATC’s Transportation Operations & Dispatching program prepares students for entry into one of the largest industries in Canada; the transportation industry. Through first-rate instruction and the use of industry-standard software, students will develop the experience, skills and confidence needed to excel in demanding, high-level positions. ATC’s Transportation Operations & Dispatching program trains students for careers as:
    • Operations Managers
    • Logistics & Brokerage Clerks
    • Local Dispatchers
    • Highway Dispatchers
    • Driver Managers/Trainers/Recruiters
    • Load Planners
    • Safety & Compliance Officers
    • Log Book Auditors
    • Fleet Maintenance Officers
    • Loss Prevention Administrators
  • Auto Sales and Leasing program (This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005). You already love being around cars. So why not make it a career and learn everything aspect of the sales process from the “meet and greet” to automotive sales and legal considerations? Get started now by checking out ATC’s industry-tested training programs, covering every aspect of the sales process. Learn how to sell both new and pre-owned cars and trucks by expertly assessing a customer’s wants and needs. Earn a good salary doing something you love With all the restructuring in the automotive industry, some people are questioning whether it still pays to train for a car salesman job. Here are the three things you need to know:
    • there is still strong demand for well trained car salesman
    • you could earn a salary of as much as $100,000 a year
    • sales in general remains a growing category
    There’s more good news, too, for anyone searching for auto sales training. Economic forecasts indicate that sales and service sectors are the leaders in new job creation and will account for 31% of all new jobs. It’s also important to know that Japanese and European auto assemblers have become well established in North America, creating even more need for well trained candidates to take a car salesman job.
  • Great careers in the auto industry starts in our Auto Service College

    Following is a review of the entry level auto parts consultant positions you can expect to hold after graduating from our auto service college.

    Typical Employers for Auto Service College Grads

    • New Car Dealers
    • Pre-owned car dealerships
    • Retail automotive repair facilities
    • Automotive custom and specialty shops
    • Aftermarket stores
    • Collision repair facilities
    • Heavy Duty Truck Repair facilities
    • Warehouses
    • Possible entry level occupational title
    • Parts Counter Person
    • Parts Specialist
    • Shipper Receiver
    • Parts Driver
    • Warehousing clerk
    • Possible occupational advancements
    • Assistant Parts Manager
    • Parts Manager
    • Warehouse manager

    Automotive Parts Typical responsibilities

    • Orders parts and pulls and issues parts to the Service department
    • Performs over the counter sales transactions
    • Receives and ships parts
    • Assists with inventory and general housekeeping of the parts area
    • Sorts incoming parts and supplies by storing items in an orderly and accessible manner in a warehouse, tool room, supply room or other area
    • Processes incoming requests and issues or distributes parts and supplies for internal usage
    • Maintains records of orders and the amount, kind and location of parts and supplies on hand, using manual or computerized inventory system
    • Prepares requisition orders to replenish parts and supplies
    • Sells spare and replacement parts for motor vehicles, machinery and equipment in a retail setting
    • Advises retail customers or internal users on appropriateness of parts, supplies or materials requested
    • May serve as parts delivery driver
  • Answer the demand for professionally trained Automotive Service Advisors

    In an increasingly competitive environment, providing superior customer service is the name of the game. So recruiters look for professionally trained Automotive Service Advisors – and the place they often look at first is Automotive Training Centres. You can earn a good white-collar salary — and you will be pleased to learn that there are often immediate openings.
  • A great career in Collision Estimating has endless growth opportunities – and you don’t need a university degree

    Following is a review of the entry level collision estimating positions you can expect to hold after graduation and where your career could lead in just a few years.

    Collision Estimating Employment opportunities

    • New Car Dealers
    • Pre-owned car dealerships
    • Retail automotive repair facilities
    • Automotive collision repair facilities
    • Insurance companies
    • Contract your services and enjoy the freedom of working for yourself

    Entry-level collision estimating jobs

    • Collision Estimator
    • Insurance Company Estimator
    • Independent Estimator
    • Heavy Duty Estimator
    • Possible occupational advancements
    • Insurance Adjustor
    • Fleet Rental Specialist
    • Assistant Manager
    • Body Shop Manager or Owner
    • Fixed Operations Manager

    Typical job description for a Collision Estimator

    • Inspects vehicles to determine the amount of structural, body, mechanical or interior damage using mechanical testing devices, questioning customers about the vehicle or by visual inspection
    • Calculates cost of labor and parts to fix or replace each affected item and estimate the salvage value of the total vehicle loss
    • Analyzes repair cost estimates
    • Consults with the collision repair manager or foreman
    • Reviews cost effectiveness of repair versus replacement of parts
    • Determines fees associated with repainting
    • Fills out insurance claim forms to indicate repair or replacement cost estimates and recommendations
    • Determines feasibility of repair versus pre-accident market value
    • Prepares work orders
  • Congratulations on considering a career as a Refinishing Prep and Auto Body Technician. Canada depends on the work of skilled trade’s people – there’s always high demand for trained professionals in the Auto Body Repair Technician field. This demand is only going to increase as the Baby Boomer generation retires. Auto Body Jobs are getting highly specialized. You can be an expert as an Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Painting Prep Technician or Auto Body Refinisher. By getting into Auto Body Collision Repair Trades now you’re getting a jump-start on a great and stable career. Auto Body Repair Technicians are rewarded for their efforts with good pay and a stable career. In fact, as an Auto Body Repair Technician you can start making money right away and “earn while you learn” as an Auto Body Apprentice (LINK: auto body apprentice). The best part though, is that as an Auto Body Collision Repair Tradesperson you get paid well for doing work you really love!
  • If you love working on cars and want a secure career with good pay, forget about any other auto body and paint school. Go with the best: Automotive Training Center. Job security is assured because the demand for collision repair is consistent in good times and bad. Put simply, cars are always going to collide and that means there will always be a demand for well trained graduates of collision repair schools. Even as an apprentice, you can expect good pay, which means you will be earning while you are learning.

Technology, Networking Programs

Automotive Training Centre (atc)

About the Automotive Training Centre

The Automotive Training Centre (ATC) was created in 1984 and since that time has helped thousands of graduates realize their dream of a career in the automotive field.

ATC’s main purpose is:

“To provide our students with relevant, practical, job related training for their career in the automotive and transportation fields.”

We offer full and part-time programs on campus, plus home-study programs through our e-learning division. Over the years, new industry-validated automotive programs have been added in response to the growing demand for well-qualified auto professionals.

The Automotive Training Centre has serviced the automotive industry’s training needs since 1984. To keep up with the ever-evolving automotive industry’s training requirements, ATC constantly develops and updates its programs and curriculum. Our courses and programs are up to date and industry recognized. And our first-rate training centres include classrooms, advanced automotive mechanics shops, and auto body repair facilities designed to give you the hands-on training to succeed as an automotive professional.

Here are many of the reasons why you should consider starting your automotive career at the Automotove Training Centre.

Automotive Training Centre Methodology

At ATC, all instructors have extensive experience in their field. Theory is always supported by concrete examples and participation of all students is highly encouraged. Extensive shop training will provide you with hands-on experience under the guidance of your instructor.

Automotive Training Centre Class sizes

To ensure quality education, the number of students per program is limited. We find students get the best support and instruction with smaller class size.

Automotive Training Centre Study hours

A number of options are available to participants, ranging from full-time day courses to part-time evening courses. Please check each program for details.

Automotive Training Centre Job Placement Assistance

ATC has built a strong reputation for providing quality training validated by the industry. Our students are in demand and we are proud of the placement rate for graduating students. Our Counselor will assist you in finding the right career position for you.

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