Start your career as a vehicle refinishing technician. Learn the skills you need to paint, refinish, repair and maintain painted surfaces on automotive and recreational vehicles, aircraft and marine craft.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
Apply basic colour matching techniques and final finishing top coats
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
The skills to prepare surfaces for paint application and rust prevention
Experience in applying custom-designed airbrush graphics to automotive vehicles
The confidence to colour match and replicate original finishes to restore automotive vehicles
A trade-level qualification that allows you to apply for a Motor Vehicle Tradesperson Certificate as a vehicle painter
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and
Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An aptitude for practical work
An enjoyment of working with your hands
An eye for colour and design
Good communication skills
A reasonable fitness level to manage manual tasks like working on work platforms, kneeling, bending and standing
A keen interest in design in the automotive industry
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success
and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
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: Spray painter and Vehicle refinishing 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 vehicle painter.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing 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 Refinishing Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 30 Units of competency, including 18 core and 12 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.
There are no core units in this course
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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