Offering Info

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR30616
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR30616-01V02-21CHE-250

Location – Coffs Harbour Education (Apprenticeship)





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


3 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

With 19.5 million registered motor vehicles in Australia and developments in hybrid and electric vehicles, it's an exciting time to be a qualified motor mechanic. Get trade qualified with the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology and apply for your Motor Vehicle Tradesperson certificate.


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

  • Service body control and vehicle communication systems
  • Diagnose issues with engine, steering, suspension, driveline or brakes systems
  • Repair vehicle components and systems


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Logical thinking to map out solutions
  • Problem solve to diagnose and repair
  • Organisation to plan tasks efficiently
  • Communication to work as part of a team
  • Mechanical aptitude to use hand tools and equipment


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • The opportunity to apply for your Motor Vehicle Tradesperson certificate
  • A pathway to owning your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Motor Mechanic
  • Automotive Light Vehicle Mechanical Repair Technician


Add to your automotive expertise and move into specialist automotive trade areas including:

  • Automotive Electrical
  • Automotive Repair
  • Heavy Plant or Vehicle
  • Examiner - Light Vehicles
  • Roads and Maritime Services Authorised Inspection Training Scheme

This course is superseded.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.

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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the motor vehicle industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application

There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today, and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements that apply.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.


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.


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

  • The ability to plan and organise the steps needed to undertake tasks
  • Tool skills to use hand tools and workshop equipment
  • An interest in learning how components and systems work on a vehicle
  • The physical capability to work as a motor mechanic
  • The ability to think logically for vehicle diagnostics

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Mechanic in Light Vehicle Technology after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need to complete a work performance record book.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time course. You will need to attend approximately 9 hours of class 1 day a week for over 3 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1.2 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 32.4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study, research, practice and assignments.


This course offering is designed for people who are engaged in an apprenticeship, and individually contracted with an employer.

This course is aimed at attracting and training technicians over 16 years of age. Students may come from within current industry area and be choosing to formalise their existing experience by completing this qualification, often-older age participants (25-45) have been employed within the industry for many years.

This course also aims to capture the students who have completed TVET automotive and Pre-vocational courses, and school leavers entering the workforce into a Trade based employment pathway.

Additionaly this course is focused on building the representation of females within a non-traditional trade qualification.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
    Every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships 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 is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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 havent 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 a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Text Book - ISBN 978-1760421502 Automotive Mechanics, May/Simpson 10th edition - $180
Additional Work Book - $100


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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 all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking 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
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
AURLTQ012 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
AURLTX013 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTQ003 Inspect and service drive shafts
AURTTX002 Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions

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

Motor mechanic for light vehicles

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

Coffs Harbour Education CHEC
363 Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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