Certificate III In Automotive Refinishing Technology

Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Course Code
Passenger Vehicles
Study Area(s)
Apprenticeship, Automotive
Course Length
Part-time(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.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Kangan Institute’s Vaccination Policy

If you are enrolling in this course as part of an apprenticeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.


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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace (AURAEA002)25
AURAFA008Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions (AURAFA008)20
AURASA002Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace (AURASA002)20
AURVTP001Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces (AURVTP001)20
AURVTP002Mask vehicle panels and components (AURVTP002)20
AURVTP003Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use (AURVTP003)40
AURVTP004Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes (AURVTP004)30
AURVTP006Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces (AURVTP006)30
AURVTP013Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing (AURVTP013)70
AURVTP014Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components (AURVTP014)60
AURVTP015Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components (AURVTP015)40
AURVTP017Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems (AURVTP017)80
AURVTP019Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces (AURVTP019)20
AURVTP020De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces (AURVTP020)20
AURVTP023Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components (AURVTP023)45
AURVTP024Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components (AURVTP024)45
AURVTP025Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates (AURVTP025)45


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AURAFA002Read and respond to automotive workplace information (AURAFA002)10
AURAFA004Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace (AURAFA004)20
AURAMA001Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace (AURAMA001)20
AURETR025Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles (AURETR025)15
AURTTK002Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace (AURTTK002)20
AURVTA001Prepare vehicles for customer use (AURVTA001)20
AURVTN002Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs (AURVTN002)40
AURVTN005Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles (AURVTN005)15
AURVTN016Repair vehicle body panels using filler (AURVTN016)35
AURVTN017Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components (AURVTN017)30
AURVTP005Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components (AURVTP005)20
AURVTP007Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage (AURVTP007)30
AURVTP008Clean and polish vehicle paint surfaces (AURVTP008)15
AURVTP010Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment (AURVTP010)30
AURVTP011Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components (AURVTP011)40
AURVTP012Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials (AURVTP012)40
AURVTP016Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems (AURVTP016)60
AURVTP018Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems (AURVTP018)80
AURVTP021Restore vehicle body exterior paint (AURVTP021)30
AURVTP028Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels (AURVTP028)90
AURVTT007Clean plastic trim and fittings of vehicles (AURVTT007)15
AURVTT008Clean vehicle interior trim (AURVTT008)15

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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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 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).

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. 

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

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1035 1035 $3.54 $0.71 $16.75

^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 2022. 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?

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.

If you are enrolling in this course as part of an apprenticeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

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

If you are enrolling in this course as part of an apprenticeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

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.