National code: AUR32120

    Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Gain the skills and knowledge to become an autobody repair technician. Help restore and repair vehicles back to pre-accident condition while maintaining vehicle safety and aesthetics.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Use and maintain tools and equipment

    • Repair vehicle body misalignment

    • Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures

    • Determine vehicle damage and recommended repair procedures

    • Techniques for welding, grinding, machining and soldering

    • Apply knowledge of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology to vehicles

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • A nationally accredited Certificate III qualification

    • Specialist skills to launch your career in the autobody repair industry

    • Experience working with a wide range of motor vehicles

    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol


    • Be employed as an apprentice in the industry

    • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application


    • Non-apprenticeship pathways for trade-related qualifications allow you to have your industry skills assessed through recognition of prior learning (RPL) and undertake gap training to gain a trade qualification. To take this course as a non-apprenticeship, you must:

    • Be at least 21 years of age, as evidenced by photo identification

    • Have at least 2 years of work experience in this occupation or trade, as evidenced by employee records such as your resume and/or letters from your employers

    • Be currently employed in the relevant industry, as evidenced by a letter from your employer

    • This course may be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Check your preferred campus page for more information.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

      • Literacy and numeracy skills at a Year 10 level
      • A passion for making automotive body repairs
      • Problem-solving abilities
      • The ability to work collaboratively and independently on tasks
      • A reasonable physical ability to complete manual tasks
      • Your own personal protective equipment (PPE) - steel-capped boots, safety goggles, hearing protection, cotton drill pants and long-sleeved cotton drill shirt
    • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: autobody repair technician, production manager and automotive repair business owner.


    A motor vehicle tradesperson certificate is required for workers who wish to perform motor vehicle repair work in NSW. Visit the Service NSW website for more information on applying for your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate as a panel beater.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study1 Course

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Your experience counts

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 31 Units of competency, including 17 core and 14 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplaceAURAEA002

    • Interpret and apply automotive repair instructionsAURAFA108

    • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplaceAURASA102

    • Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activitiesAURETR042

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    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

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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