Automotive Service Technology Youth Pre-Apprenticeship

The Youth Pre-Apprenticeship to Apprenticeship pathway in Automotive Tech allows students to gain industry knowledge through related instruction, on-the-job learning, mentoring, and progressive wages. While enrolled in a high school CTE Pre-apprenticeship or CTE Apprenticeship course, students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to gain academic credit. Starting as early as middle grades, students can embark on their career development journey. Offering pre-apprenticeships provides students with hands-on exposure to the skills and tasks related to a specific occupation, fostering a practical understanding of the work environment. This experience helps students build a foundational set of skills essential for a particular industry, laying the groundwork for future apprenticeships.

Starting in a qualifying pre-apprenticeship program in high school and enrolling in a registered apprenticeship within 120 days after graduation qualifies an apprentice for a youth apprenticeship tuition waiver at the community college. This financial incentive encourages the seamless transition from high school pre-apprenticeship to a registered apprenticeship program. Work completed in a CTE pre-apprenticeship can be transferred to a Registered Apprenticeship, ensuring continuity in their career development.

Youth Pre-Apprenticeship (High School)
High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Related Instruction
  • Automotive Service Fundamentals
  • Automotive Service I
  • Automotive Service II*
  • ASE Entry-Level Certification - Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Safety Certification
  • Pollution Prevention Certification
On-the-Job Learning
  • CTE Pre-apprenticeship
High School Graduation
Apprenticeship (College)
Community College Program
  • Community College Certificate Diploma or Associates
    • Associates in Automotive Systems Technology
Paid On-the-Job Learning
  • Minimum 2000 hours paid work

For More Information

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Automotive Body and Related Repairers


For more information, contact the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Work-based Learning Consultant at the Office of Career and Technical Education at


NC Governor Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Community College System
NC Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship NC
Charlotte Executive Leadership Council