Career decisions do not come easy to most individuals. A career in the trades can offer a challenging career with competitive wages and the satisfaction of working with your hands on the latest automotive technology. The TestDrive program offers a stimulating experience in the automotive trades to help you steer your future in the right direction!

2018 Application Deadline is:

Halifax Regional Centre for Education: Closed
Tri-County Regional Centre for Education: Closed
Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education: Closed
South Shore Regional Centre for Education: Closed
Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial: Closed

Other dates of interest:

Interview-Preparation Workshop:
HRCE: February 13
TCRCE: February 15
CCRCE: February 20
SSRCE: January 12

Student Interviews:
HRCE: March 1, 2, 5
TCRCE: February 26, 27
CCRCE: March 20, 21
SSRCE:February 28

Family Information Session:
HRCE: April 10
TCRCE: March 22
CCRCE: April 9
SSRCE: April 5

NSCC Safety Training Blocks:

HRCE (Akerley Campus)
Week One: May 7th – May 11th
Week Two: June 25th – June 29th

TCRCE (Burridge Campus)
Week One: April 30th – May 4th
Week Two: May 28th – May 31st

CCRCE (Pictou Campus)
Week One: April 26th, April 30th – May 4th
Week Two: May 17th, 18th and May 30th , 31st

SSRCE (Lunenburg Campus)
Week One: May 14th to May 18th
Week Two: June 26th to June 29th


The Test Drive program offers you the chance to work in a variety of different automotive trades, while earning 3 high school co-op credits, 300 apprenticeship hours, and NSCC scholarship opportunities. And to top it all off, you’ll get paid for a portion of your summer work placement!

Do you have questions about the program? Please see our FAQ for the answers you seek.

You are eligible for the TestDrive program if you:

  • Are in Grade 10 or 11.
  • Will be 16 years of age, as of May 1, 2018.
  • Are Registered in Co-op or O2 program (or will be registered 2nd term) or are in an Automotive Trades program at your school (if you are not part of Co-op, O2 or Skilled Trades programs, you are still eligible to participate in the TestDrive program. Please speak to the Co-op or O2 teacher at your school).
  • Completed the 25 hour class component.

Information for Students

Teacher Reference Form Community Reference Form

Once the forms are completed, please email them to or fax them to (902) 465-5734.