Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology


Course Length

Full time:

4 Years


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

Get set for a career in the Automotive industry with the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology.

Learn to diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in a range of vehicles, including charging, compression ignition, and electronic body management systems.

You'll learn to repair wiring harnesses and looms, and solder and repair electrical wiring and circuits. You'll also learn important workplace safety processes so you're ready for life in a real auto workshop or out in the field.

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 as an Automotive Electrician, Automotive Electrical Technician or an Automotive electrical diagnostic technician.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AUR40616 Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Starts on 22/02/2021 / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,746.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $749.00

3. Full Fee: $6,470.00

Course Materials: $795.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

Entry Requirements

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

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 the Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
AURAEA002 - Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 - Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETK002 - Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
AURETR006 - Solder electrical wiring and circuits
AURETR007 - Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
AURETR009 - Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
AURETR010 - Repair wiring harnesses and looms
AURETR012 - Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR023 - Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR024 - Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR025 - Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR027 - Install ancillary electronic systems and components
AURETR028 - Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
AURETR029 - Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR030 - Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR031 - Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR032 - Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR035 - Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
AURETR043 - Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURTTA018 - Carry out diagnostic procedures
Elective Units
AURAFA003 - Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETB001 - Diagnose and repair electric braking systems
AURETD011 - Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems
AURETH001 - Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
AURETH011 - Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
AURETK001 - Identify, select and use low voltage electrical test equipment
AURETK003 - Operate electrical test equipment
AURETR003 - Identify automotive electrical systems and components
AURETR005 - Install automotive security systems and components
AURETR011 - Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components
AURETR016 - Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings
AURETR017 - Overhaul charging system alternators
AURETR018 - Overhaul starting system motors
AURETR022 - Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR026 - Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
AURETR044 - Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURSCA001 - Select and supply automotive parts and products
AURTTA005 - Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTA017 - Carry out vehicle safety inspections
AURTTK002 - Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Mark Ward

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

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

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.