Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology


Course Length

Full time:

4 Years

Contact Hours

Full time:

5 days a week


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):


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.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship.

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

Further Study

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,532.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $702.00

3. Full Fee: $6,070.00

Course Materials: $702.00

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 2020 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 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 (australianapprenticeships.gov.au) 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
AURAFA008 - Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
AURASA002 - Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURVTP001 - Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
AURVTP002 - Mask vehicle panels and components
AURVTP003 - Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
AURVTP004 - Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
AURVTP006 - Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
AURVTP013 - Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
AURVTP014 - Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
AURVTP015 - Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
AURVTP017 - Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
AURVTP019 - Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
AURVTP020 - De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
AURVTP023 - Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP024 - Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP025 - Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
Elective Units
AURAFA002 - Read and respond to automotive workplace information
AURAFA004 - Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace
AURAMA001 - Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
AURETH001 - Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
AURETH011 - Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
AURETR025 - Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR042 - Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activities
AURTTK002 - Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTY001 - Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
AURVTA001 - Prepare vehicles for customer use
AURVTA002 - Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
AURVTA003 - Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures
AURVTN003 - Remove and store vehicle body components
AURVTN004 - Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
AURVTN005 - Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
AURVTN006 - Remove and replace mechanical units during vehicle repair
AURVTN015 - Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing
AURVTN016 - Repair vehicle body panels using filler
AURVTN017 - Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
AURVTN018 - Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
AURVTN020 - Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
AURVTN022 - Repair vehicle body misalignment
AURVTN023 - Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
AURVTN025 - Repair corroded vehicle body panels and components
AURVTN027 - Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler
AURVTN029 - Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems
AURVTN031 - Carry out vehicle sectional repairs
AURVTN032 - Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
AURVTN035 - Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
AURVTP005 - Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP007 - Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
AURVTP009 - Apply vehicle body film wrapping
AURVTP010 - Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
AURVTP011 - Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
AURVTP012 - Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
AURVTP016 - Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
AURVTP018 - Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
AURVTP021 - Restore vehicle body exterior paint
AURVTP026 - Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels
AURVTP028 - Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
AURVTV001 - Remove, replace and test non-electrical vehicle components and accessories
AURVTW003 - Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW004 - Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
AURVTW005 - Carry out spot welding
AURVTW006 - Carry out thermoplastic welding on vehicle trim components
AURVTW007 - Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
AURVTW018 - Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
TAEDEL301 - Provide work skill instruction

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 the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Apprentice – Attendance on campus is required throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

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.