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Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology


Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology – AUR32416

Course Overview

Return a driver's pride and joy to a perfect finish. The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology is the Apprenticeship for auto artists.

Use your natural eye for detail to repair and refinish cars after an accident or damage. Learn everything from colour matching and surface preparation to air-brushing and rust prevention.

You'll also learn important workplace safety processes so you're prepared for life in a real auto workshop.

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:

  • Vehicle Spray Painter
  • Vehicle Refinishing Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Refinishing 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 Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

AUR32416 - Apprenticeship - Open from 25/01/2021 - 2021

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/traineeship 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
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
Mask vehicle panels and components
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
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 paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
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
Elective Units
Read and respond to automotive workplace information
Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace
Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activities
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
Prepare vehicles for customer use
Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures
Remove and store vehicle body components
Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
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 body panels using filler
Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
Repair vehicle body misalignment
Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
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
Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
Apply vehicle body film wrapping
Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
Restore vehicle body exterior paint
Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels
Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
Remove, replace and test non-electrical vehicle components and accessories
Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
Carry out spot welding
Carry out thermoplastic welding on vehicle trim components
Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
Provide work skill instruction

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.

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.

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.

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

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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