Certificate in Appliance Service Technician


This nine month program is designed to prepare students for employment in the appliance service industry.  Students will learn to diagnose and repair major and small household appliance faults through customer consultation, checking controls, reading schematic diagrams and working with hand tools. Additional theory and practices prepare students to write the BC Provincial "C" Gas Certificate. During the program students will participate in a work experience practicum with current industry technicians.

Students who complete the Foundation are eligible for credit in Foundation (equivalent to Level 1), Level 2, and Level 3 of the Appliance Service Technician apprenticeship in-school technical training and 525 work-based hours. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to write the Certificate of Completion (COC) and the Red Seal Inter-provincial examination. The Red Seal endorsement will be awarded upon completion of 7200 work-based training hours and is recognized in all jurisdictions across Canada.

Please see kpu.ca/trades for schedule information.

Who Studies Appliance Servicing?

This program is suited for individuals that enjoy customer consultation, working independently, compiling information and problem solving.  Physical demand can vary; there is a considerable amount of standing, stooping, kneeling and manual dexterity.  Additional information is available at:  kpu.ca/trades/appliance_servicing.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for employment in appliance service companies which may lead to employment in commercial food services, electrical, commercial refrigeration and the HVAC industry. Many experienced appliance service technicians can start their own sub-contracting and independent business.

Employment opportunities in this field may be found with department stores, factory service outlets, independent service shops and authorized service depots. Outside of appliance servicing, opportunities are available with companies who service electromechanical products. Many graduates have started their own businesses. To enhance employment, graduates may require a driver's license, and may need to be bondable.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/trades

Department's website: kpu.ca/trades/appliance_servicing

Admission Requirements

The following program admission requirements apply:

  • English:
    • English 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • Composition 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • Creative Writing 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • Literary Studies 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • English First Peoples Writing 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • English First Peoples Literary Studies 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • KPU’s Vocational Trades English Reading Assessment Part II with a minimum score of 50%.
  • Mathematics:
    • Any Math 10 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or 
    • KPU’s Vocational Trades Mathematics Assessment with a minimum score of 20%.
  • Interview by an instructor.

Note: Admission for international applicants requires approval of the Dean.

Curricular Requirements

  • Safety with Respect to Appliance Servicing 
  • The Tools of the Trade 
  • The Fundamentals of Electricity 
  • Customer Relations 
  • Diagnose Motors Used in Appliances 
  • Basic Electronics for Appliances 
  • Electric Clothes Dryers 
  • Standard and Self-cleaning Ranges/Wall Ovens Including Electronic Models 
  • Automatic Clothes Washers 
  • Automatic Electric Dishwashers 
  • Garbage Disposers, Garbage Compactors, Electric Water Heaters 
  • Microwave Ovens 
  • Household Refrigerators Including Electronic Models 
  • Freezers 
  • Air Conditioners 
  • BC Provincial "C" Gas Certificate 
  • 2 Week Work Practicum

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.67 for all required courses:

APPL 1110Basic Electricity5
APPL 1115Basic Electronics1
APPL 1120Ancillary Products1
APPL 1125Electric Dryers3
APPL 1130Electric Ranges: Standard and Self-Cleaning5
APPL 1210Automatic Washers5
APPL 1215Automatic Electric Dishwashers3
APPL 1220Basic Refrigeration and Domestic Air Conditioning5.5
APPL 1225Work Experience Practicum1.5
APPL 1230Microwave Ovens1.5
APPL 1235B.C. Provincial “C” Gas Certificate2.5
Total Credits34

Other Information

Special Equipment

Students will require various tools including a multi-meter; in addition to  safety equipment such as steel-toed safety shoes.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Appliance Service Technician.

KPU will report your in-school technical training completion information to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in order for the ITA to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.

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