Launch your automotive career and gain the skills you need to succeed in this highly supervised introductory course. You’ll gain experience in service and repair and a strong pathway to further automotive study or an automotive apprenticeship.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Assess automotive workplace safety
Identify electrical and mechanical systems
Safely use and maintain tools and equipment
Practise automotive repairs with an awareness of sustainability
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Confidence to use industry-standard tools
Skills to perform basic maintenance on vehicles, outdoor power equipment, motorcycles or bicycles
A strong foundation to pursue further study in the automotive field or complete your apprenticeship
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 2 across four bands of literacy, a score of 1 in writing and 2 across one band of numeracy. This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to plan tasks
Some experience in handling tools and equipment
Strong problem-solving skills
An interest in the automotive industry
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Mechanics' Assistants assist Motor Mechanics to replace and repair worn and defective parts, re-assemble mechanical components, change oil and filters, and perform other routine mechanical tasks.
Other jobs include: Automotive apprenticeships and further automotive study
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 8 Units of competency, including 5 core and 3 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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