Offering Info

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR30316
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR30316-01V02-19KUR-999

Location – Kurri Kurri

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Hours Per Week




  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Get a supercharged career working with a wide variety of vehicles and machinery with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology. Get trade qualified to work as an auto electrician and stay one step ahead of new technology in this rapidly expanding industry.


Learn to diagnose and repair:

  • Charging systems, starting systems and ignition systems
  • Compression ignition engine management systems
  • Spark ignition engine management systems

Plus, through on-the-job experience, you will learn:

  • To test, charge and replace batteries
  • The secret to jump starting vehicles
  • How to install ancillary electronic systems and components


Develop the qualities and skills needed to get ahead in this field:

  • Strong technical aptitude
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to connect with people from all walks of life
  • An eye for detail


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • An ARC Refrigerant handling licence (ARC-Australian Refrigeration Council)
  • A full trade qualification as an automotive electrician
  • Experience with industry professionals
  • A competitive edge in the market


This course qualifies you to work as an automotive electrical tradesperson (auto electrician).

After your apprenticeship, you could choose a higher-level qualification pathways:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • Certificate IV in Automotive Management
  • Diploma in Automotive Technology
  • Diploma in Automotive Management


The need for highly skilled auto electricians to service, maintain and repair new and emerging technologies is at an all-time high.

Identified as a skills shortage sector, qualified automotive electrical technicians will continue to have strong employment opportunities well into the future.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible to enrol for this TAFE NSW course, you need to be:

  • A registered apprentice, or

  • A long term worker (5 years or over) in the field seeking a qualification for recognition, or

  • Working in a similar trade with a desire to upskill to auto electrical

    Before an offer of enrolment is made, you will also need to provide evidence that you meet at least one of these requirements. Evidence can include:

  • Your training plan proposal (TPP)

  • A letter from your current employer, plus your resume

    If you do not have the required experience or evidence, contact us to discuss your options.

    You can also begin your auto electrical career by undertaking the Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology. The Certificate II is a recognised pre-apprenticeship that provides a pathway into the sector and 120 hours of work placement experience.


Please read additional entry requirements below for any specific work placement information at this location.


As part of your training, Government licensing requires that all apprentice technicians hold a refrigeration and air conditioning (TL000) trainee licence. You will obtain the credits needed for this licence by successfully completing the following 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


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills

    If you need support in preparation for study, contact us to learn more about the options available.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

Training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training.

Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but haven?t received a qualification.

To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and:
  • be over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.

    To study this course as NSW Apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements to NSW funding to study this course please enquire now or call 131 601.


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    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR007 Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
AURETR035 Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR028 Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR027 Install ancillary electronic systems and components
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms
AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU005 Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURETR015 Inspect, test and service batteries
AURETR013 Inspect, test and service charging systems
AURETR014 Inspect, test and service starting systems
AURETR017 Overhaul charging system alternators
AURETR018 Overhaul starting system motors
AURETR016 Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings
AURETR008 Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies
AURVTA002 Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Kurri Kurri
McLeod Road, Kurri Kurri
Phone 131 601

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