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Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology


Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology AUR32420

Course Overview

Return a driver's pride and joy to a perfect finish. The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology is the recognised apprenticeship to become an auto artist.

Students will use their natural eye for detail to repair and refinish a range of automotive vehicles after an accident or damage. Students will learn everything from colour matching and surface preparation to air-brushing and rust prevention.

Students will also learn important workplace safety processes so they are prepared for life in a real auto workshop.

No licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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 graduates to work in the automotive service and repair industry in roles such as:

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

Working in this industry can be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, and manual handling, as well as the fact they will be working with chemicals (different paints and fillers).

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the AUR40720 Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 22nd August - 8am-5pm / 2022

Apprenticeship - Open from 30th Jan - Block Attendance - 8am-4.30pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (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.
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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.
  • Apprentices: please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Technology requirements/ student resources

Students must have access to:

  • A laptop/computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • A digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • A media player.
  • Protective enclosed footwear.
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
Mask vehicle panels and components
Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
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
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
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Prepare vehicles for customer use
Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
Repair vehicle body panels using filler
Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
Restore vehicle body exterior paint
Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
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

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Practical demonstrations

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.


  • Students attend a GOTAFE campus 7 weeks per year over the 3 years (Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm). Students must attend 80% of the on-campus classes.
  • An additional 8th week is delivered and assessed at the apprentice's workplace. This allows for real-time and industry-relevant training and assessment.
  • Students are provided with VACC-approved workbooks that they work through at their own pace, with due dates for assessments listed in their Study Plans. This allows the apprentice, the employer, and their allocated GOTAFE trainer to see the progression of knowledge and skill acquisition and to provide support immediately if students are not meeting the required deadlines.
  • Students can access their trainer during business hours for any additional support or guidance with their work.

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

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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.

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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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