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Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR31816
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR31816-01V01-21WPK-263

Location – Wetherill Park (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

03 Mar 2021

Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of heavy commercial trailers and associated systems in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

This course is superseded.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.

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


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 nominating TAFE as the registered training provider for class based delivery.
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become qualified after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To be employed as a heavy commercial vehicle apprentice.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


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

Date Time Location
Thursday, 28th January 2021 9:00am to 10:30am or 11:00am to 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 2:30pm or 3:00pm to 4:30pm TAFE NSW Wetherill Park, Building C, Room CG7


This is a part-time day, face to face delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 8 hours of class per day, over 5 days a week, each block, as per schedule, 6 x five day blocks per year.

You may also be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace unstructured learning as an apprentice in their workplace.


This course is designed for candidates who have been employed as a Heavy Commercial Vehicle/Trailer apprentice.


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

  • all students will be evaluated through the RU Ready program during your first attendance, students requiring assistance will be offered educational 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Course delivery is block release. Attendance is 8 hours per day, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. 6 x five-day blocks per year. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course.


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?

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.

The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit

Payment - funding:

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.

Find out more about recognition:


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Supplementary text cost $150


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


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

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 13 7974.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
AURHTD003 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems
AURHTJ003 Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTY002 Diagnose and repair mechanical connections of heavy vehicles and trailers over 4.5 tonnes
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms
AURETR011 Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURHTB002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTD002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
AURHTY001 Inspect and service mechanical connections of heavy vehicles and trailers over 4.5 tonnes
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
AURTTA013 Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTB004 Inspect and service air braking systems
AURTTB006 Inspect, service and repair auxiliary braking systems
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting

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

Wetherill Park
The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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