Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

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

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

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology (AUR32416) course recognises graduates as accredited tradespeople within the automotive industry with comprehensvie knowledge on spray painting techniques.

You will learn about safe work, paint removal methods, pre-repair operations and fundamental colour matching techniques.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace25
AURAFA008Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions20
AURASA002Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace20
AURVTP001Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces20
AURVTP002Mask vehicle panels and components20
AURVTP003Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use40
AURVTP004Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes30
AURVTP006Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces30
AURVTP013Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing70
AURVTP014Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components60
AURVTP015Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components40
AURVTP016Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems60
AURVTP019Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces20
AURVTP020De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces20
AURVTP023Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components45
AURVTP024Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components45
AURVTP025Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates45


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAFA002Read and respond to automotive workplace information10
AURAFA004Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace20
AURAMA001Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace20
AURETH001Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles10
AURETR025Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles15
AURTTK002Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace20
AURVTA001Prepare vehicles for customer use20
AURVTN002Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs40
AURVTN005Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles15
AURVTN017Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components30
AURVTN032Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures40
AURVTN035Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs20
AURVTP005Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components20
AURVTP007Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage30
AURVTP008Clean and polish vehicle paint surfaces15
AURVTP010Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment30
AURVTP011Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components40
AURVTP012Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials40
AURVTP017Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems80
AURVTP018Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems80
AURVTP021Restore vehicle body exterior paint30
AURVTP026Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels40
AURVTT007Clean plastic trim and fittings of vehicles15
AURVTT008Clean vehicle interior trim15
AURVTW005Carry out spot welding20

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.

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#
Check your eligibility
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
1035 1035 $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.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

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?

Satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills. You must be at least 15 years old at the time of application. This qualification is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway. You may participate in this course while searching for suitable employment but you will need to complete extra practical work at further cost if you do not secure a workplace.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Docklands campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course is intended to prepare you for painting and maintaining painted surfaces on a range of vehicles and nonvehicle applications. This course may lead to employment as a:

• Vehicle Refinishing Technician Light Vehicle Industry

• Vehicle Refinishing Technician Heavy Vehicle Industry

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology (AUR32416). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You may continue on to higher level studies, such as certificate IV or diploma studies.

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?

AASN Registration or interview for apprentices.

Non-apprentices will be offered a position based on their past experience and ability to source additional skills practice.