Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Course Code AUR30616
Locations Warrnambool, Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length Four years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable Eight week-long blocks per year and workplace training for the first three years. The fourth year is workplace training only.
Week-long blocks are Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 4:30pm
Note This qualification is superseded and course updates are occurring.
Course Overview

During this apprenticeship, you will learn hands-on skills and knowledge to work as a mechanic of light vehicles.

Through a combination of on-the-job training and block releases, you will gain experience to inspect, service and repair light vehicles and a high industry standard.

What will I Learn?

You will learn how to apply safe work practices, test and service batteries and carry out repairs to single electrical circuits. This course will help you develop your skills in servicing and repairing engine management systems, steering, suspension, transmission and braking systems, and teach you about inspecting and servicing engine cooling systems.

This course also covers inspecting, diagnosing, servicing and repair of manual and automatic transmissions, how to repair steering and suspension systems, the detailed servicing of hydraulic brake systems, engines and fuel systems as well as engine and driveline management systems.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be a qualified Light Vehicle Mechanic with a nationally recognised qualification.


Upon completion, you may advance and update your qualification with a Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology to service and repair automotive air conditioning.

You may also choose to specialise in the mechanic field with Certificate IV level qualifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Mechanical Overhauling.

Course in Transition

This qualification is superseded and course updates are occurring.

To ensure course content is relevant and industry-specific, industry is constantly having input into this training package. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future and you may be enrolled in the new qualification. Further information will be provided on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To enrol in this course you must be employed as an apprentice motor mechanic.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. Contact them on 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 36 units; 20 core and 16 electives units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25 $0.00
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20 $5.00
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40 $0.00
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60 $0.00
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15 $0.00
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems 30 $0.00
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems 30 $0.00
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30 $0.00
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems 80 $0.00
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems 40 $0.00
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems 25 $0.00
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems 40 $0.00
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems 30 $0.00
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems 30 $0.00
AURLTD006 Carry out light vehicle wheel alignment operations 40 $0.00
AURLTE001 Remove and install light vehicle engine assemblies 30 $0.00
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines 60 $0.00
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40 $0.00
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies 20 $0.00
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions 40 $0.00
AURLTX002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle automatic transmissions 50 $0.00
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems 20 $0.00
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations 20 $0.00
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives 10 $0.00
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures 20 $0.00
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems 20 $0.00
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20 $0.00
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines 20 $0.00
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems 25 $0.00
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20 $0.00
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace 15 $0.00
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20 $5.00
AURTTL007 Inspect and service LPG fuel systems 15 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems 50 $0.00
AURLTQ012 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts 20 $0.00
AURLTX013 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems 30 $0.00
AURPTE104 Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines 40 $0.00
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems 15 $0.00
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $4,140.00
Concession rate $830.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $21,680.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $95.00

Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books (eg uniform, stationery, textbooks). Some of these items are optional and some are mandatory. You can purchase these items from Campion Education, second-hand or via another supplier. Click here to find out more. 

You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your
    Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.