Citation in Parts, Warehousing, Logistics and Distribution


This 20 week program prepares students for employment in the parts and service industry. Utilizing various computerized software applications, students will become knowledgeable in various techniques in inventory management, ordering, billing, identification, processes, and customer service skills.  Students will be provided opportunities to apply the practical skills taught throughout the program supporting the Cloverdale campus Auto Service Parts Department.

At the end of the Foundation program students will write the Parts & Warehouse Level 1 Certificate of Qualification (COQ) exam. Students who complete the Foundation program and COQ exam are eligible for credit in Parts Level 1 apprenticeship program and  300 work-based training hours.  

Taking a foundation program can build the skills that employers are looking for. To progress as an apprentice you will need to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship and register with SkilledTradesBC. When you are ready for career advancement; KPU delivers Parts & Warehousing Apprentice in-school technical training levels 2 and 3.

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Who Studies Parts, Warehousing, Logistics and Distribution?

This program is suited for individuals who enjoy working with computers, inventory controls, automobiles, commercial or industrial equipment. Additional information is available at:

Career Opportunities

Supply chain career opportunities can include auto, heavy truck, marine and agricultural dealerships, warehouses, retail and wholesale establishments, mining, forestry and construction companies, repair shops and other establishments. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training and experience.

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Admission Requirements

The following program admission requirements apply:

  • English:
    • English Studies 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Literary Studies 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Composition 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Creative Writing 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • KPU’s Vocational Trades English Reading Assessment with a minimum score of 75%.
  • Mathematics:
    • Any Math 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • KPU’s Vocational Trades Mathematics Assessment with a minimum score of 31%.

Curricular Requirements

  • Stock Handling Procedures (Shipping, Receiving and Inventory Control)
  • Office Procedures and Communications
  • Standard Stock and Materials
  • Parts Identification (Mechanical)
  • Support Systems (Mechanical)
  • Support Systems (Electrical)
  • Frames and Chassis
  • Catalogue Types and Applications (Electronic, Paper and Fiche)
  • Power Trains

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

PRTS 1100Parts Trade Introduction and Safety2
PRTS 1110Warehousing Tasks & Parts Catalogues3
PRTS 1120Counter Duties and Basic Vehicular Systems4
PRTS 1130Mechanical Parts Introduction3
PRTS 1140Standard Stock, Lubricant & Shop Supplies2
PRTS 1150Catalogues and Engine Components2
PRTS 1160Engine Support Systems3
Total Credits19

Other Information

Special Equipment

Students will require appropriate steel-toed safety shoes or boots. A list of any required tools, equipment or supplies will be provided by the instructor at the start of the program.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Parts, Warehousing, Logistics and Distribution.

KPU will report your in-school technical training completion information to SkilledTradesBC in order for SkilledTradesBC to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.

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