National code: AUR32120

Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

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Overview About this course

Meet and beat high client expectations and deliver excellent results to damaged or restored automotive vehicles when you gain the skills to become a panel beater. Impress clients with your repair and restoration techniques whether it be a '71 HQ Monaro or a modern-day SUV.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

    • Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
    • Follow safe work practices in an automotive workplace
    • Use and maintain panel beater tools and equipment
    • Remove and store vehicle body components
    • Apply original manufacturer specifications
  • You may also choose to specialise in vehicle body restoration, or heavy vehicle body and chassis repair.

Course outcomes

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

    • Experience working with a wide range of motor vehicles to ensure you are highly employable in this competitive industry
    • Knowledge around current industry standards to develop your repair and restoration skills on a range of car models
    • The opportunity to specialise in vehicle body restoration, or heavy vehicle body and chassis repair
    • Eligibility to apply for your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate
    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: - Automotive body repair technician, - Panel beater, - Heavy vehicle body and chassis repair technician, - Vehicle body restoration technician, - Estimator, - Insurance assessor and - Automotive glass and glazing technician


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 study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 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.

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

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.

Units Units 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.

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.

  • Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs AURVTN135

  • Repair vehicle body panels using filler AURVTN116

  • Remove and store vehicle body components AURVTN003

  • Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections AURVTW103

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