Offering Info

Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR30716
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR30716-01V02-21MTD-207

Location – Mount Druitt (Apprenticeship)


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

9.2 Hours per week


2.5 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This course is superseded.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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • a signed copy of your training contract from your nominated apprenticeship provider.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to attend all classes and complete required assessments. Industry requires students attend 1 day per week over the duration of the course.
  • to be employed as per training contract requirements.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time day, face-to-face course. You will need to attend approximately 9.2 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2.5 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including work in industry, private study, and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are apprentices/trainees or existing workers working in the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry.


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

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday from 8.00am to 4.45pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
AURPTA005 Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems
AURPTE002 Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines
AURPTE004 Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines
AURPTA006 Inspect and service line trimming systems and components
AURPTA010 Inspect and service pumping systems
AURPTA011 Diagnose and repair pumping systems
AURPTA007 Service and repair post boring systems
AURPTA008 Service and repair post hole digging systems
AURPTE003 Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURPTA009 Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURPTA003 Service and repair rotary cutting systems
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR015 Inspect, test and service batteries
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURLTF002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURPTR003 Service and repair outdoor power equipment engine management systems
AURTTF006 Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
AURTTX004 Inspect and service hydrostatic transmissions
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control 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

Mount Druitt
Mount Street & North Parade, Mount Druitt
Phone 131 601

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