Auto Service Advisor Certificate

San Diego Continuing Education
Online - Scheduled Course
April 26, 2021 - August 20, 2021
Daytime - 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM CST
25 Hours per Week
12 Estimated Weeks


This two-course certificate program teaches students with the basic automotive technology knowledge and skills required for employment as a service advisor for both small and large independent garages and dealerships. In the first course, students will learn the different automotive parts, components, major assemblies, vehicle systems and how they function and the required maintenance. Topics also include safety, work ethics, service facilities and federal, state and local laws as they apply to the automotive industry.

The second course provides the student with the skills required for employment as a service advisor. Students will learn about customer service, writing an initial repair order estimating parts and labor costs and how to revise repair estimates in accordance with California State law. Topics also include communications, customer relations, manufacture warranty policies and procedures, returning the vehicle to the customer and follow-up.

Course Benefits:
  • Live face-to-face classes
  • Collaborative project-based learning
  • 24-hour tutoring
  • Live counseling available
  • 24-hr library services
  • Career Counseling
  • Professional development
  • High quality professionally designed courses
  • No textbook fees

Additional Attendance Information

This certificate program has a five-week break from 6/5/2021 to 7/11/2021. 

Eligibility Restriction (Pre-Requisite)

Required Skills: 

  • Eighth grade reading level
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language
  • Knowledge of general math

*California residents are eligible for no-cost courses and certificate programs. Please visit for more information.

Jobs & Careers
Automotive Engineering Technicians

College Details

San Diego Continuing Education

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). As the largest provider of noncredit education in California, SDCE’s mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and career training to adult students. SDCE has offered career training and other classes continuously for more than 100 years.

Founded in 1914 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, SDCE welcomes every immigrant, refugee and underserved population to fulfill educational goals. At SDCE, adult students find a fun and positive learning environment for every skill level. Students come from across 50 states and from 160 foreign countries, to learn in more than 70 free career training programs and in thousands of classes. In addition to a traditional schedule of fall, spring and summer semesters, many programs are offered online, allowing students to pursue higher education or career training while maintaining other responsibilities and active lives.

SDCE was one of the first community college continuing education institutions in California to meet the standards for independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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