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Train in real workshop on real vehicles

Enjoy working with your hands, love pulling things apart, and especially love cars? This qualification might just be for you. You'll gain the skills to service and repair light vehicles, and you'll cover topics such as steering, suspension and brakes, right through to fuel injection and engine management. This course is designed to give an apprentice the underpinning knowledge and skills to function within a workshop environment. Course details

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Bundamba, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, Warwick

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Workplace/TAFE: up to 4 years

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Get into the workshop, and, a rewarding career...

Do you enjoy working with your hands, and seeking a job in a workshop? This apprenticeship qualification will give you the skills you need to service and repair light vehicles

Unique Student Identifier (USI) - Student Information

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Key dates

Bundamba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Kingaroy Any time Workplace/TAFE
Toowoomba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Warwick Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

Cnr Bunya Highway and Geritz Road
Kingaroy QLD 4610

100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

200 Dragon Street
Warwick QLD 4370

Resources required

  • steel capped boots
  • cotton drill shirt
  • cotton drill pants
  • safety glasses
  • personal stationery (i.e. pens and paper)

It is also recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland South West locations.


The nominal term for full-time apprentices is 48 months (4 years). Delivery of this program is available as a combination of workplace training and delivery at TAFE.

Delivery at TAFE consists of face-to-face classes after being released from the workplace by your employer. The duration of your attendance will vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in your individual training plan. Classes will generally be held 5 days per week: Mondays from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm, and Fridays from 8am to 2.30pm (please refer to training notices for minor variations to start and end times).

Where workplace training is selected, a Teacher will be assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 36 units in total, including 20 core units and 16 elective units.

Stage 1A
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
Stage 1B
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems Core
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Core
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations Core
AURTTJ001 Balance wheels and tyres Elective
Stage 2A
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Core
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems Core
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems Core
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems Elective
Stage 2B
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems Core
AURLTD006 Carry out light vehicle wheel alignment operations Elective
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems Core
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems Elective
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions Elective
Stage 3A
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems Core
AURTTF006 Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems Elective
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines Core
Stage 3B
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems Core
AURLTQ002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts Elective
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies Elective
AURLTX003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems Elective
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions Elective
Stage 4A
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems Elective
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems Elective
Stage 4B
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems Elective
AURTTA017 Carry out vehicle safety inspections Elective
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
Alternative Electives
AURTTL007 Inspect and service LPG fuel systems Elective
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems Elective
AURETR044 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems Elective
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace Elective
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace Elective
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems Elective
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Job prospects

  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 12 June 2017

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