National code: AUR30620

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

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Overview About this course

Become a trade qualified motor technician and join the exciting and evolving automotive industry. Ignite your curiosity to find out how things work and develop your abilities to solve complex problems and make repairs on a range of vehicles.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Service body control and vehicle communication systems
    Diagnose issues with engine, steering, suspension, driveline, fuel, cooling, ignition or brakes systems
    Repair vehicle components and systems
    Jump-start vehicles
    Use a variety of automotive tools and equipment

Course outcomes

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

  • Experience using automotive tools and equipment
    Techniques to service, diagnose and repair vehicles
    Exposure to working in real and simulated mechanical workshops
    The ability to apply for your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate
    A pathway to owning your own business

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • 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​​

Completion requirements

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 1 in digital literacy, a score of 2 in learning, reading and writing, a score of 3 in oral communication and 4 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.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Your own personal protective equipment (PPE) - steel-capped boots, safety goggles, hearing protection, cotton drill pants and long-sleeved cotton drill shirt
    An interest in learning how components and systems work on a vehicle

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: Light vehicle technician Quick service technician Service advisor Workshop supervisor


This is a licensed profession in New South Wales. When you complete your apprenticeship, apply for a Motor Vehicle tradesperson certificate with NSW Fair Trading through Service NSW. Your license will need to be renewed every 3 years.

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 Light Vehicle Mechanical 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 Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology does not have any related 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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 36 Units of competency, including 20 core and 16 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.

  • Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems AURETR123

  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems AURLTD104

  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems AURLTD105

  • Diagnose and repair ignition systems AURETR131

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TAFE NSW services Facilities 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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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