Gain the skills to get qualified as an auto electrician. Work with a variety of vehicles and machinery, get access to state-of-the-art simulated workshops, and gain insight into the latest vehicle technologies.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Diagnose and repair charging systems, starting systems and ignition systems
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Operate spark ignition engine management systems
Test, charge and replace batteries
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience working with and learning from industry professionals
Eligibility to become trade-qualified
Depending on your electives, eligibility to apply for your Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) Refrigerant Handling Licence
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
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
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 2 across the two bands of reading and writing, a score of 3 across the two bands of learning and oral communication, a score of 1 across one band of digital literacy and a score of 3 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
An interest in automotive electronics and electricals
A reasonable level of fitness, including the ability to bend, sit in awkward positions, and lift a minimum of 10kg
Your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as steel-capped boots, safety goggles, hearing protection and appropriate clothing
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:
Automotive Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and electronic components in motor vehicles.
Other jobs include: automotive electrician and automotive air conditioning specialist.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply. If you wish to work with automobile airconditioning, you will need your ARC Refrigerant Handling Licence. To be eligible to apply for this licence, you will need to have completed the following elective units in the second year of this course: AURETU002 Recover vehicle refrigerants AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology does not have any post-graduate 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 III in Automotive Electrical Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 32 Units of competency, including 21 core and 11 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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