Would you like to sell cars or become an automotive dealer in the province of Ontario?
The Automotive certification course is the result of a joint venture between the Automotive Business School of Canada and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC). It is intended to promote professionalism in the Ontario automotive retail industry, to provide better protection for customers, and to set the standard for employee ethics within the automotive industry. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for anyone wishing to become a vehicle salesperson or vehicle dealer in Ontario. OMVIC and the Automotive Business School of Canada, with the support of industry associations, strongly encourage you to sign up to learn what changes have been made to the Act that could impact you and your business. All new vehicle dealers and salespeople must enrol and successfully complete this course prior to registering with OMVIC.
Automotive certification course
Join the increasing number of automotive professionals using the CALE: Certified in Automotive Law and Ethics designation.
Registered dealers and salespeople who successfully pass the Automotive Certification Course through Georgian College’s Automotive Business School of Canada are entitled to use the designation CALE: Certified in Automotive Law and Ethics. Using the CALE designation builds trust, strengthens credibility and demonstrates to consumers that dealers and salespeople are proven professionals who have met Georgian College and OMVIC training standards. OMVIC Automotive Certification Course UPDATE Lawyers and paralegals working with the automotive industry: Learn about the MVDA 2002 (the key statute governing the registration of dealers and salespersons), CPA 2002, Code of Ethics Regulations, Sale of Goods Act and the role of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) in the administration of that act. Participation in this course through professional capacity by lawyers and paralegals can provide supplementary use. This program may be eligible toward the Law Society’s CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or the New Member requirement.
This 21-hour credit course is the result of a joint venture between the Automotive Business School of Canada and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC). It is intended to promote professionalism in the Ontario automotive retail industry, to provide better protection for customers, and to set the standard for employee ethics within the automotive industry. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for anyone wishing to become a vehicle salesperson or vehicle dealer in Ontario. OMVIC and the Automotive Business School of Canada, with the support of industry associations, strongly encourage you to sign up to learn what changes have been made to the Act that could impact you and your business. All new vehicle dealers and salespeople must enrol and successfully complete this course prior to registering with OMVIC.
- MVDA general regulations
- MVDA code of ethics regulations and disciplinary process
- the role of the Licence Appeal Tribunal
- Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund
- Inspections and investigations
- key principles of the Sale of Goods Act and the Consumer Protection Act
- registration and classes of registration
- OMVIC Standards of Business Practice, 2010
How to take this course
- Self study: A self study manual along with a list of testing locations is couriered upon registration. Testing is provided at numerous private Driver and Vehicle offices and Chamber of Commerce offices located throughout Ontario. Please refer to the Registration tab for full details of this process.
- At your workplace: Automotive Business School of Canada faculty can come to your place of business and train your staff. Testing is completed on-site.
- On-site: Effective January 1, 2014, on-site training will be facilitated by UCDA at various locations. Please call 1.800.268.2598. Valerie will assist you. Visit www.ucda.org.
Download the Automotive Certification Course Manual 2014.
Who should take this course? The following individuals must take the course:
- All new applicants for registration as a salesperson under the MVDA.
- The following persons associated with any new application for registration as a dealer: person in charge of day-to day operations, officers ( president, vice-president, secretary treasurer), partners and sole proprietors, unless currently grandfathered.
- Any “grandfathered” salesperson who changes type of registration ( salesperson to dealer in a capacity listed in the previous point unless previously engaged in a similar capacity.)
- All “grandfathered “registrants seeking re-registration more than six months following expiry (for any reason) of their registration.
- All persons who have passed the course and are seeking re-registration 24 months following expiry ( for any reason) of their OMVIC registration .
- Registrants who are required to do so through terms and conditions of registration imposed by the Licence Appeal Tribunal, a Discipline Panel or as agreed upon with the Registrar.
- All new officers , partners and persons in charge of day-to-day operations of existing registrants where the individuals were not previously ”grandfathered” as a dealer.
OMVIC and the Automotive Business School of Canada strongly encourage you to sign up for this essential course. This course covers the laws, regulations and practices governing the purchase, sale and lease of motor vehicles in Ontario. There is a thorough explanation of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (the key statute governing the registration of dealers and salesperson’s) and the role of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) in the administration of the Act. Note: Course content is subject to change to meet industry demands.
Have your dealership team trained and certified under the MVDA How does the Act impact your business? What can YOU do to prepare? What do YOU need to know? Register now for OMVIC’S Automotive Certification Course and you will learn all about the regulations, code of ethics, licence appeal tribunals, advertising contracts, and more to keep your automotive business and/or career on the right road! For information on how the OMVIC Automotive Certification Course can come to your dealership , please call 1.877.722-1513.
- $260 for correspondence delivery for new salesperson’s or dealers (includes manual and exam at testing sites located throughout Ontario)
- $195 for correspondence delivery for salespeople and dealers who hold a valid licence through OMVIC and are taking the course on a voluntary basis.
OMVIC certification manual now available in English and French
The Automotive Business School of Canada/OMVIC project office cannot process in-person registrations. Note: Successful completion of this course does not mean you are automatically registered with OMVIC. Please visit OMVIC for information about registration or call 1.800.943.6002.
Certification and registration process for automotive sales persons and dealers
- Register for the self-study option. Download the automotive certification course registration form.
- Please enter your name exactly as it appears on your driver’s licence when registering with Georgian College and OMVIC. Ensure that you sign the Freedom of Information section on your application.
- Fax the completed form to 705.722.1524. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, certified cheques or money orders. Applications are also accepted by mail, however, they will take longer to process.
- Once you’ve registered, course content will be sent to you immediately. You can expect to receive your package by courier (to the address indicated on your registration form) by the next business day.
- Study the materials.
- Write the exam: Once you feel ready to write the examination, you may call the testing site telephone numbers included in your package. Testing sites are located throughout Ontario for your convenience. A verbal confirmation of your test mark will be available 48 hours after writing the test (call 877.722.1513). Test results are forwarded daily to OMVIC.
Note: Georgian College Automotive Certification Course Office (H130) cannot accept cash payments for in-person registrations.
- You will have 12 weeks from the date of registration to write and pass the certification test. If you do not write the test within that time, you will be assigned a grade of zero and enrolment in the course will automatically be cancelled. If you wish to rewrite the Automotive Certification test after the 12-week period, you must re-register with Georgian College and pay the full course registration fees.
- Students registering in the correspondence-based course will receive a list of testing sites throughout Ontario.
Writing the exam
- Students must bring their Georgian College confirmation letter, OMVIC Certification manual, one piece of photo ID plus one extra piece of identification.
- Testing centres will courier the completed tests to Georgian College for evaluation. Students may call Georgian College at 1.877.722.1513 for verbal test results 48 hours after writing the test.
Passing the exam
Successful completion of this course does not mean you are automatically registered with OMVIC. Please visit OMVIC for information.
New procedures for marks, certificates and industry pins
- If a student achieves the required minimum of 60 per cent on the test, Georgian College will immediately advise OMVIC that the student has passed.
- Students that have passed the Automotive Certification course will have two years to complete their OMVIC registration certificate. Please see www.omvic.ca for more information.
- Once a student is formally registered and has received his or her OMVIC Registration Certificate, Georgian College will courier the student a certificate designating them as Certified in Automotive Law and Ethics. Students will also receive a new OMVIC industry pin and a congratulatory letter that outlines further options for students to advance their automotive education. These certificates and pins will be sent only to students who become registered with OMVIC.
Under the MVDA 2002, a customer entitled to rescission has how long to request cancellation? a) 30 days b) 90 days c) 180 days d) One year
If OMVIC believes a dealer’s advertisement to be false, misleading or deceptive, it can: a) Take the dealer to LAT. b) Sue the dealer for misrepresentation. c) Order the dealer to issue a retraction or correction.
Curbsiders: a) Ignore tax laws. b) Avoid overhead. c) Have an unfair advantage over registered dealers. d) All of the above
Question 1 – Answer b) see 6.06 Question 2 – Answer c) see 8.06 Question 3 – Answer d) see 11.03
Effective January 1, 2014, in-class training will be facilitated by the Used Car Dealers Association (UCDA). All registrations must be done through UCDA.
Please call 1.800.268.2598. Valerie will assist you.
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The Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) is pleased to offer three new online courses for individuals employed in the automotive industry. These professional development courses will provide professionals with additional training in Automotive Record Keeping, MVDA Key Elements, and Language Preparedness.
Now available! This online course is designed for salespeople and dealers currently registered with OMVIC who require supplementary education and training in bookkeeping and general business record keeping specific to the Automotive Industry. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify business documents which must be kept to satisfy MVDA 2002 requirements
- Use relevant accounting and general business management documents pertaining to the automotive industry such as, but not limited to, garage registers
- Record selected accounting transactions in a basic bookkeeping document
- Examine appropriate internal controls.
Now available! This course is designed for salespeople and dealers currently registered with OMVIC, wanting to upgrade their knowledge on the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and the many complex changes to this Act and the impact on the automotive industry. This course will identify specific areas of the industry with a comprehensive scope inclusive of advertising, disclosure, contracts and current areas of the Sale of Goods & Consumer Protection Act. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Obtain a clear concise description of new areas of MVDA – all-in-pricing
- Identify updates on MVDA Disclosure in Advertising requirements
- Understand and apply OMVIC Standards of Business Practice
- Identify and apply the relevant Acts/Statutes pertaining to the Automotive Industry and their purposes; Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA 2002) and the Consumer Protection Act 2002
- Identify unfair business practices, understanding both OMVIC legal and ethical requirements
- Explain the significance of new legislation passed in the MVDA 2002
- Apply material learned in this course to explain disclosure in both Retail and Wholesale Contracts
- Define and identify the CPA 2002, relevant Acts and Statutes pertaining to the use of this Act in the MVDA 2002
- Identify and properly evaluate necessary contract requirements, distinguishing the financial and legal obligations with demonstrated ability
For inquiries on these courses, please contact:The Automotive Business School of Canada Georgian College Room H130, One Georgian Drive Barrie, ON L4M 3X9 Phone: 705. 722.1513 or 1.877.722.1513 Fax: 705. 722.1524 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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