Offering Info

Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR30716
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR30716-01V01-21WWG-999

Location – Wagga Wagga - Traineeship





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


2 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology gives you the practical skills and technical knowledge needed to work as a qualified outdoor power equipment technician or small engine mechanic. Develop your problem solving ability and learn by doing with TAFE NSW.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Use and maintain outdoor power equipment
  • Service, diagnose and repair small and medium outdoor power equipment engines
  • Service, diagnose and repair chainsaw, drum, and rotary cutting systems
  • Inspect and service line trimming systems
  • Service, diagnose and repair electrical, diesel and petrol fuel systems
  • Follow safe working practices


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Attention to detail
  • A passion for repairing and restoring outdoor power tools
  • Fine motor skills
  • Good communication skills to work with team members and clients
  • The ability to multi-task between projects
  • Problem solving abilities


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

Career opportunities:

  • Outdoor power equipment technician
  • Chainsaw mechanic
  • Lawnmower mechanic
  • Small engine mechanic
  • Outdoor power equipment salesman


Take your outdoor power equipment qualification to the next level with a TAFE NSW Business study pathway and turn your new skills into a thriving business:

  • Certificate III in Business


Qualified and skilled outdoor power equipment technicians have job opportunities in large cities and regional towns, as the modern world continues to rely on automation and power technology.

Continuing technological advancements in this area are reflected in the course content so you are industry-ready when you graduate.

This course is superseded.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 Outdoor Power Equipment Technology as either an apprenticeship or traineeship so you can carve out the career you want.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice outdoor power equipment technician, or have a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application
  • Complete formal training with TAFE NSW and your informal, on-the-job training with your employer


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the outdoor power equipment industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract


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

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills at a Year 10 level
  • A passion for the outdoors and power equipment
  • Problem solving abilities
  • The ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • A reasonable physical ability to complete manual tasks

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 successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to apply yourself whilst undertaking the course and succesfully complete all assessments
  • to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which may include: - safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a flexible blended course. Delivery details are negotiated with employer, the learner would complete on the job training and attend Day Release (1 day a week) if required. Teachers will also attend industry visits with employers and learners to check progress and assessments.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed as an Trainee and will inspect, service, diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment as part of their duties. The learner will gain a Certificate III when all units are successfully completed and the employer has signed-off all units in the Training Plan.


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 will be transferred to the new course.


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

  • Counsellors
  • Language Literacy and Numeracy specialists
  • Library
  • Interpreter services
  • Helpdesk and Online Learning Support
  • Guidance from student support services

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

Students complete on the job training and attend Day Release (1 day a week) if required. Timetables are distributed to students when enrolled and training plans are completed


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?


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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
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURPTE003 Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines
AURPTA011 Diagnose and repair pumping systems
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURPTA006 Inspect and service line trimming systems and components
AURPTE002 Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines
AURPTA010 Inspect and service pumping systems
AURPTE004 Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines
AURPTA005 Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems
AURPTA007 Service and repair post boring systems
AURPTA008 Service and repair post hole digging systems
AURPTA009 Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems
AURPTA003 Service and repair rotary cutting systems
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURACA003 Build customer relations in an automotive workplace
AURVTW003 Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
AURVTW001 Carry out manual metal arc welding on components
AURVTW002 Carry out oxyacetylene brazing of components
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURVTW004 Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
AURAMA002 Communicate business information in an automotive workplace
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURTTA013 Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems
AURTTX006 Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURLTF002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
AURTTF006 Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURTTA021 Diagnose complex system faults
AURATA001 Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURTTX004 Inspect and service hydrostatic transmissions
AURTTX002 Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTD003 Inspect suspension systems
AURKTA005 Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
AURETR015 Inspect, test and service batteries
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
TLID2004 Load and unload goods/cargo
AURACA002 Manage complex customer requirements in an automotive workplace
TLID2013 Move materials mechanically using automated equipment
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes
AURETR026 Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
AURPTA004 Service and repair drum cutting systems
AURPTR003 Service and repair outdoor power equipment engine management systems
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURPTR001 Test and service 240 volt portable generators
AURPTR002 Test and service electric outdoor power equipment
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
AURAMA001 Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace

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

Wagga Wagga
Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga
Phone 131 601

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