Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Course Code
Passenger Vehicles
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Part-time day(3 years)
Flexible(2 years)

Start Date(s): We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.
End Date(s): Generally an apprenticeship takes 3 years of schooling and one year on the job training.
Days and Time: Apprenticeship: Block release is available. You will attend classes for one week approximately every 2 months. Monday – Thursday 8am – 4.30pm & Friday 8am - 1pm. Non Apprentice: Programs will be customised to suit your requirements.

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30316) course enables participants to gain skills in all aspects of the automotive electrical trade. This automotive course is the nationally recognised qualification for becoming an automotive electrician. The course covers health and safety, customer relations and using tools, repairing, servicing and testing all the elements of electrical systems.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace25
AURASA002Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace20
AURETK002Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace20
AURETR006Solder electrical wiring and circuits20
AURETR007Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems20
AURETR009Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems40
AURETR010Repair wiring harnesses and looms40
AURETR012Test and repair basic electrical circuits40
AURETR023Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems60
AURETR024Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems50
AURETR025Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles15
AURETR027Install ancillary electronic systems and components40
AURETR028Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems40
AURETR029Diagnose and repair charging systems30
AURETR030Diagnose and repair starting systems30
AURETR031Diagnose and repair ignition systems30
AURETR032Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems80
AURETR035Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation15
AURETR043Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems40
AURTTA018Carry out diagnostic procedures20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAFA003Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace20
AURETD001Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems25
AURETH001Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles10
AURETH011Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles20
AURETR005Install automotive security systems and components40
AURETR008Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies15
AURETR011Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components40
AURETR017Overhaul charging system alternators20
AURETR018Overhaul starting system motors20
AURETR020Diagnose and repair network electronic control systems40
AURETR022Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems70
AURETR026Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies30
AURETR036Diagnose and repair electronically controlled suspension systems25
AURETR044Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems50
AURETU003Service air conditioning and HVAC systems25
AURTTK001Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace15
AURTTK002Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace20

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and the how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be provided with this information.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1050 1050 $3.10 $0.62 $15.50

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

This course is available through the apprenticeship and traineeship pathway. You are eligible if you are employed or have been offered a new apprenticeship or traineeship in your chosen field. Also, it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Docklands campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

On completion of this course you can find employment in the service, diagnosis and repair of vehicle electrical and electronic systems and components. This course may lead to employment as an:

• Automotive Electrician

• Automotive Electrical Technician

• Automotive Electrical Diagnostic Technician.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30316). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Credit transfers may be available into related courses such as the Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR40616) or diploma courses.

How do I apply?

Apprentice/Trainees - You will need to have an employer and then contact an Australian Apprentice Support Network office to sign a training contract.

Non- Apprentices - To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form through the "Apply Now" button above. We will then be in contact to arrange an interview or provide the information session details

How will I be selected for this course?

Apprentices - You must be currently employed as an apprentice/trainee in the respective field of specialisation.

Non-Apprentices will be considered once interviewed and industry experience is established.