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Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology

National Course Code: AUR32316


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology allows you to design a career you love in the booming automotive industry. Whether you are restoring vintage vehicles, or designing marine craft interiors, you will find niche work as a specialised automotive or marine trimmer.


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

  • Understand design elements
  • Use industry machinery and tools
  • Select and apply adhesives
  • Trim vehicle components
  • Select, trim and fit fabrics
  • Remove and replace interior components
  • Work effectively in an automotive workplace


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Passion for the automotive industry
  • A natural talent for design and creativity
  • Self-motivation with a strong work ethic
  • Positive and results-driven attitude


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Marine trimming technician
  • Vehicle trimmer


Take your career further with:

  • Certificate IV in New Small Business
  • Certificate IV in Automotive Management

This course is superseded.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 the automotive and marine trimming industry have:

  • Passion for the automotive industry
  • A natural talent for design and creativity
  • Self-motivation with a strong work ethic
  • Positive and results-driven attitude

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:

  • Knowledge assessments: short answer, extended response, research tasks
  • Practical skills assessments: demonstrations under observation
  • Simulated workplace projects: scenario-based problem solving
  • Step into the world of automotive repair with a Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology.
  • Specialise in automotive and marine trimming with a Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology.
  • Pair your technical knowledge with savvy business skills with a Certificate IV in New Small Business.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Understanding design elements
  • Marking and measuring
  • Selecting and fitting fabrics
  • Using industry machinery and tools
  • Working safely in a workshop environment

At TAFE NSW, we want you to walk into the automotive industry with confidence. We understand the importance of practicing your skills in authentic workplace scenarios. Projects will include working on a variety of components found in:

  • Cars
  • Marine crafts
  • Aircrafts
  • Caravans
  • Canvas goods


Your study, your way

Step into your career with confidence with our state-of-the-art automotive and marine trimming workshop which houses exceptional industry equipment. It is tailored to suit you, and includes CMC machines, industrial sewing machines, and interactive learning technology.

TAFE NSW also offers you a range of on-campus study environments - study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and student experience.

Be supported

Here at TAFE NSW we support your education and we also support you.

Reach out, were here to help.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

The Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology opens the door for endless possibilities in the automotive industry, as you discover multiple career avenues. You may spend your days at the marina working on boats and sails, in a workshop creating designs for clients, or you may become a sole trader who specialises solely in restoring vintage cars.

Australians are spending increasing amounts of money and time searching for the perfect automotive vehicle to match their lifestyle. The interior of a vehicle provides comfort, while oozing aesthetic appeal and customers are paying to ensure it stays this way.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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