Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

Course Code AUR32116
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1095 hours

Course Overview

The AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology is the recognised qualification to become a qualified automotive body repair technician.

The Certificate III in Auto Body Repair Technology is the apprenticeship for rev-heads. If you like working with tools and doing a job well, then put your talents to work as a panel beater. Tackle auto repairs after accidents big and small. We’ll teach you how to rebuild a car or small truck, patch up panels or fit factory built components.

Learn on-the-job and in our on campus workshops. You’ll learn alignment, welding, and repair to return a smashed vehicle to as-new condition. We’ll also teach you about electronics so you understand the technology in new cars.

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the automotive service and repair industry as a:

  • Panel beater
  • Vehicle body restorian technician
  • Heavy vehicle body and chassis repair technician.
  • Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

    Further studies
    After gaining the AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology, you might wish to undertake further study in the AUR40716 Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Apprentice – Attendance on campus is required throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Mark Ward
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 1,095 $3.10 $3,394.50 $14.00 $15,330.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 1,095 $0.62 $678.90 $14.00 $15,330.00
Full Fee 1,095 $5.33 $5,836.35 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,095 $0.65 $711.75 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network
Units of Competency

AUR32116 – Core Units

AURVTN035 – Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
AURVTW003 – Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW007 – Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
AURAEA002 – Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 – Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURVTN032 – Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
AURAFA008 – Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
AURVTN020 – Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
AURVTN003 – Remove and store vehicle body components
AURVTN004 – Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
AURVTN023 – Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
AURVTN022 – Repair vehicle body misalignment
AURVTN016 – Repair vehicle body panels using filler
AURTTY001 – Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
AURETR025 – Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURTTK002 – Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

AUR32116 – Elective Units

AURVTP004 – Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
AURVTP024 – Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP023 – Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP006 – Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
AURVTP005 – Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP011 – Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
AURVTP025 – Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
AURVTP028 – Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
AURVTW008 – Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURVTW005 – Carry out spot welding
AURVTW004 – Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
AURVTN031 – Carry out vehicle sectional repairs
AURVTP014 – Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
AURVTP020 – De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
AURVTP002 – Mask vehicle panels and components
AURVTP015 – Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
AURVTP010 – Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
AURVTP019 – Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
AURVTP003 – Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
AURVTP013 – Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
AURVTA001 – Prepare vehicles for customer use
AURVTP016 – Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
AURVTP017 – Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
AURVTP018 – Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
AURVTN005 – Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
AURVTN006 – Remove and replace mechanical units during vehicle repair
AURVTA002 – Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
AURVTP001 – Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
AURETR042 – Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activities
AURVTV001 – Remove, replace and test non-electrical vehicle components and accessories
AURVTN018 – Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
AURVTN025 – Repair corroded vehicle body panels and components
AURVTN027 – Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler
AURVTN015 – Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing
AURVTN017 – Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
AURVTP021 – Restore vehicle body exterior paint
AURVTN029 – Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems
AURVTP007 – Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online Assessments
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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