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Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation


Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation AUR20720

Course Overview

Prepare for an auto apprenticeship with the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

Students will become familiar with mechanical and electrical components, and learn to inspect systems used in cars, heavy vehicles, outdoor power equipment, bicycles, marine craft, and motorcycles. Students will also learn important workplace safety processes to prepare for life in a real auto workshop.

This course is delivered on-campus as a pre-apprenticeship or as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school.

This course is currently available as part of the Free TAFE scheme but is subject to eligibility requirements and may change in the future.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares students to secure a workplace apprenticeship.

Further Study

Students wishing to continue with their studies may like to commence an apprenticeship and complete any of the following qualifications:

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

On Campus - FT - Start on 13th Feb - 4 days (Mo,Tu,Th,Fr) - 8.30am-4.30pm / 2023

Shepparton - William Orr

On Campus - FT - Start on 13th Feb - 4 days (Mo,Tu,Th,Fr) - 8.30am-4.30pm / 2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

On Campus - FT - Start on 13th Feb - 4 days (Mo,Tu,Th,Fr) - 8.30am-4.30pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers Advisor to apply for this course.

Technology requirements/student resources

Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this blended course:

  • A laptop/computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • A digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • Media player.
  • Protective enclosed footwear.
Core Units
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Identify automotive electrical systems and components
Identify automotive mechanical systems and components
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Operate electrical test equipment
Inspect, test and service batteries
Carry out basic vehicle servicing operations
Dismantle and assemble single cylinder four-stroke petrol engines
Dismantle and assemble multi-cylinder four-stroke petrol engines
Carry out basic repairs to vehicle body panels
Prepare surface and prime repaired body panels
Set up and use welding equipment

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Practical demonstration

Mark Ward


  • Are provided with a study plan that outlines the units that students will be enrolled in.
  • Attend campus 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to complete the learning and assessment attached to each unit.
  • Are provided with support from their trainer and complete all work in the 4 days.
  • Spend 2 hours per week doing self-directed study and research.
  • Are encouraged to seek work on the 5th day at an automotive workshop - this is not mandatory for the course.
  • Must attend 80% of the course.

VETDSS students:

  • Attend campus 1 day per week (Wednesday 9am-3pm) to complete the learning and assessment attached to each unit.
  • Are provided with support from their trainer and complete all work in the 1 day.
  • Spend 2 hours per week doing self-directed study and research.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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