Service and repair: maintaining up-to-date technician records

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Recently, AMVIC has noticed several service and repair businesses are not keeping trade certificate information current on their AMVIC Online business profile. AMVIC requires all licensed automotive businesses in Alberta to provide accurate, up-to-date information on their AMVIC Online profile.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure your journeypersons, apprentices and other staff are adequately trained in their respective fields. Should you have untrained staff members performing duties of certified tradespeople, you can be held responsible for employee conduct, including vicarious liability.

Depending on the repair activities offered, you must provide a copy of one or more trade certificates per individual when adding services or updating staff members. The certificate(s) must be in the following trades:

  • Automotive service technician;
  • Heavy equipment technician;
  • Auto body technician; or
  • Recreation vehicle service technician.

You can reference the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website for certificate requirements. A comprehensive list of all automotive repair activities and certificates required can be found here.

Remember, all automotive businesses are responsible for the conduct of the staff members they employ under the Consumer Protection Act, Section 166. AMVIC document accuracy is critical to ensure the correct information is being recorded, which in turn will protect the consumer, your staff members and your business.

For more information on requirements for updating your AMVIC Online business profile, visit