Schools for Aspiring Service Writers: How to Choose

Dec 14, 2019

Certificate and associate's degree programs in automotive service, automotive service advising, and automotive service sales and marketing all provide instruction in service writing. They can be found at two-year community and technical colleges throughout the U.S.

10 Schools with Automotive Programs

Service writing students will find programs suitable for their learning needs at the following colleges:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $3,918 in-state, $15,006 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,158 in-state, $15,246 out-of-state
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI 4-year, Private Associate's $29,856
Pennco Tech Blackwood, NJ 2-year, Private Certificate $18,000
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,547 in-state, $8,914 out-of-state
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA 4-year, Public Associate's $16,740 in-state, $23,880 out-of-state
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,368 in-state, $8,402 out-of-state
Hill College Hillsboro, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,382 in-district, $2,982 in-state, $3,382 out-of-state
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH 2-year, Public Associate's $4,126 in-state, $8,026 out-of-state
WyoTech Blairsville, PA 2-year, Private Associate's $25,000

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for a service writer school:

  • Determine whether the program has been accredited by the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence, which is required to obtain certification as an Automotive Service Consultant.
  • Some schools may offer internships or other networking opportunities.
  • Service writing is offered through many different programs, so be sure to read through the curriculum closely and ensure your chosen school meets your needs.

Automotive Service Certificate

These programs consist of an average of nine classes and last approximately three months. Students take a core sequence of classes in which they learn about general auto mechanics, including braking, suspension, engine and electrical systems.

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service

Students in these 2-year programs complete general education and field-specific courses. Some programs emphasize management skills. Internships at local repair shops or dealerships are usually included.

Community and technical colleges are the most likely to offer programs suitable for aspiring service writers, providing students with the means to work in the field. Certificate programs generally last a few months and give a broad overview of auto mechanics, while associate's degree programs give a more thorough introduction as well as providing students with more real-life experience through internships.

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