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Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology


Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology AUR32116

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology is an Apprenticeship for people who are passionate about cars. Put your natural talent with tools to work in a a career as a Panel Beater.

You'll tackle auto repairs after accidents, rebuild cars and trucks, and fit factory-built components.

Learn alignment, welding, and repair skills to return damaged vehicles to mint condition. You'll also learn about electronics to understand the technology in new cars.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Automotive Service and Repair industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Panel Beater
  • Vehicle Body Restoration Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Body and Chassis Repair Technician

Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. You should consider your physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AUR40716 Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

Course Dates & Times

Wallan - High Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 17th January / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021 - 2021

Apprenticeship - Open from 17th January / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course
Core Units
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
Remove and store vehicle body components
Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
Repair vehicle body panels using filler
Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
Repair vehicle body misalignment
Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
Elective Units
Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activities
Prepare vehicles for customer use
Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
Remove and replace mechanical units during vehicle repair
Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing
Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
Repair corroded vehicle body panels and components
Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler
Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems
Carry out vehicle sectional repairs
Mask vehicle panels and components
Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
Restore vehicle body exterior paint
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
Remove, replace and test non-electrical vehicle components and accessories
Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
Carry out spot welding
Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting

Assessment methods may include:

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

Mark Ward

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

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions or other organised activities.

On-Campus - Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

Apprenticeship - Attendance on campus is required for 5 days per week for 7 blocks throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. The majority of the learning is on-and-off-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor and trainer.

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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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.

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Counselling services

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

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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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