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Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

National Course Code: AUR20716


The nationally accredited Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation equips you with the skills to work as a vehicle service assistant or automotive parts interpreter. Be prepared to take on a trade course and get set for a successful career in this innovative and valued industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Work with electrical and mechanical components and systems
  • Use tools and equipment to complete removals, inspections and refitting of automotive components
  • Carry out workplace tasks safely and effectively


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Technical and logical organisational skills
  • Curiousity to find out how things work
  • Investigative prolem-solving abilities
  • Practical skills in motor mechanics
  • An aptitude for working with their hands
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A strong pathway to continue your studies in an apprenticeship and trade qualification
  • Real life industry experience following practical training in a simulated workshop on real cars

Career opportunities:

  • Automotive parts interpreter
  • Vehicle service assistant


Take your career further with a Certificate III trade qualification in:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology
  • Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this course are:

  • Technically minded and logical thinkers
  • Happy working with their hands
  • Investigative problem solvers
  • Enthusiasm to learn practical skills in motor mechanics
  • Curiosity to find out how things work
  • Communications skills to work as part of a team

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Skills assessments: practical demonstrations under observation
  • Knowledge assessments: multiple choice, true or false and short answer questions

The Certificate I course provides an entry-level induction to the automotive trade. It prepares you to choose a particular field in the industry to pursue.

At this Certificate II level you will begin specialising in a specific automotive field. You will gain practical experience in real world and simulated environments, which sets you up for success in the Certificate III. Students often complete their trade qualification and return to a Certificate II to add other specialisations to their skill set.

Certificate III level is a trade qualification that is undertaken as part of an apprenticeship.

Certificate IV level course trains you in high-level diagnostic work, designing systems and bespoke installations. You need to complete the Certificate III course to be eligible to enrol.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Using tools and specialist equipment safely
  • Repairing mechanical and electrical automotive systems

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, including:

  • Basic maintenance on vehicles and other mechanical applications like small engines
  • Removal and replacement of different types of components

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Your practical training takes place in a simulated workshop which includes industry standard tools and equipment like hoists, jacks and stands, and power tools. You will work on a real car with genuine issues to gain real world experience.

The number of people working as motor mechanics has grown strongly over the last 5 years, with 23,000 job openings expected over the next 5 years. There is also demand for service work, diagnostic and repairs and specialists who rebuild engines or work on specific areas such as engine management, drivelines, air-conditioning and 4WD recreation vehicles. The rise of hybrid car continues with 1.38 million Australians looking to drive a hybrid vehicle and over half a million intending to drive an electric vehicle as their next car (used or new).

The automotive industry is rapidly changing with ongoing technological advancements particularly in fuel delivery systems, hybrid and electric vehicles. These changes in standards mean that you need to be skilled to meet what the future has in store.

This course provides you with a strong base to further your education and choose a career pathway in this skills shortage sector.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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