Honda Technician Training Offers Specialized Knowledge

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Did you know that you can learn all about Honda products and, therefore, fixing Honda vehicles by attending the Honda technician training at Centennial College? Officially known as Automotive Service Technician Honda AHAP MAP 32, this training gives students the knowledge to maintain and repair cars, vans and pickup trucks by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels, and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs.

Those interested in applying to the Honda technician training must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. They are also required to be employed by a Honda dealership or be selected through an interview process. If students are not employed at a Honda dealership, they are required to find a sponsor for the hands-on portion of their training to begin classes. Canvassing local dealers for employment and eventually sponsorship would be a great place to start.

Candidates for the Honda technician training may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants (who aren't employed) obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Acceptance to Honda technician training is based on successful completion of all entry requirements and space is limited. Some students within the Honda technician training at Centennial College may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class aspect.

Once accepted, students of Honda technician training spend 64 weeks alternating between their Acura/Honda apprenticeship employer sessions and on-campus learning for a total of 32 weeks with each. This process allows students to first train at state-of-the-art facilities at Canada's transportation training hub, Ashtonbee Campus, then apply what they have learned with their employer and then come back for more in-school knowledge.

Thanks to this structure, students first grasp basic concepts through a traditional apprenticeship curriculum, as well as additional training on Acura/Honda product description, operation, diagnostics and repair. Topics include: Honda's latest technology, with an emphasis on electronics and the diagnosing of mechanical systems as well as factory training, advanced diagnostics and hybrid/alternate fuels training. Overall, students train on Acura/Honda products and over 100 on-line Honda training modules, making them productive immediately. Additionally, in-school Honda technician training covers eight weeks more material in greater depth than the traditional apprenticeship curriculum. Specific courses within this curriculum include: Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Steering, Suspension and Brakes; Electrical Electronics and Fuels, Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, and more.

Apprentices of Honda Technician Training are currently eligible for up to $4,000 in various grants and tax incentives. Meanwhile, employers are eligible for up to $45,000 over four years in various federal and provincial tax incentives.

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Jason details the features of the Honda technician training that help to ensure students are well prepared for the field. These features include a combination of practical training and theory.

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