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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Jan 20, 2021
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] 
2014-2015 Catalog [Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015] [Archived Catalog]

Automotive Service Technician (6236) (T.C.)

Technical Certificate

Due to rapid advances in technology, the service and repair of cars and trucks has evolved into a more complex and challenging career.  Today's automotive technician must have advanced skills and training that were not previously required for a succesful career in this field. 

The Automotive Service Technician selective access technical certificate will prepare the student for entry into the automotive repair industry. The program consists of the first 20 credit hours of the Automotive Service Management Technology (A236) (A.A.S.)  degree program and four credits of professional electives.

Admissions Process

This is a selective access program.  Students are required to have a high school diploma or GED®.  Entrance into the program requires students to submit an application to the Program Manager's office that includes the following: 

  1. Three-year driving transcript;
  2. Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Assessment score report;
  3. Results of appropriate placement test (PERT for AAS or TABE for PSAV) or proof of exemption claimed on SB1720 student questionaire; and
  4. A short essay between 200 and 300 words explaining how the program will help the student achieve his or her career goals.

All four items above are considered when evaluating a student for program entry.  A poor driving record, Bennett scores less than 32, TABE/PERT scores that indicate remediation is required or an application package that does not clearly indicate how the program will help you achieve your career goals will affect your entrance into the program.  The program application packet can be obtained by contacting the Automotive Program Manager's office at 904-633-8334 or

Notice to prospective students:  A poor driving record, certain felony conviction or not having a regular unrestricted driver's license will adversely affect your employment opportunities as an Automotive Technician.  Students are strongly encouraged to explore employment eligibility requirements for any career field before choosing and starting a program of study. 

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Need More Information? Contact:

Automotive and Diesel Technologies Department, (904) 633-8334 or

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville.  Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate. 

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under this catalog (2014/2015) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019. After the Summer Term 2019 the 2014/2015 catalog requirements will no longer be in effect and the student must choose a new catalog year within the current 5 year active catalogs.  Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of "C" or better regardless of program of study.


This certificate articulates directly into the Automotive Service Management Technology (A236) (A.A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue this certificate to develop or upgrade their skills, or pursue the A.A.S. degree and earn the certificate while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.