The General Service Technician I certificate is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Automotive Services Technician. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degree in Automotive Services Technician.

Completion Award
Certificate of Proficiency
Length of Study
45 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Develop employable skills for success in an entry-level automotive technician position
  2. Perform common maintenance and inspection procedures for scheduled services of all automotive systems
  3. Demonstrate fundamental principles of the eight automotive systems: Engine, Manual Transmission and Axles, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Automatic Transmission, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/ Electronic Control, and Engine Performance
  4. Identify and apply safe work practices on vehicle systems, tools, equipment, lifts, ventilation, and hazardous waste disposal
  5. Utilize service information systems to obtain specifications and proper service and maintenance procedures

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The job outlook for general service technicians is projected to remain strong over the next decade. Graduates may be hired as entry level automotive service technicians and mechanics.

Potential employers include: retail and wholesale automotive dealer; independent automotive repair shops; automotive service facilities at department; automotive and home supply stores; gasoline service stations; taxicab and automobile leasing companies; federal, state, local governments, and company fleets.

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require certain educational programs that qualify for a variety of federal student funding to comply with Gainful Employment rules.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees:Auto Dealer Programs 
Approximately $1700 per quarter in tools and equipment
Additional Fees: Automotive
Approximately $63 per quarter

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

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