Offering Info

Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR32116
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR32116-01V01-20GLE-999

Location – Glendale - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

20.7 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology equips you with the skills to become a panel beater and impress clients with your repair and restoration techniques whether it be a 71 HQ Monaro or a modern day SUV.


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

  • Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
  • Follow safe work practices in an automotive workplace
  • Use and maintain panel beater tools and equipment
  • Remove and store vehicle body components
  • Repair vehicle chassis and frames
  • Apply original manufacturer specifications

You may also choose to specialise in vehicle body restoration, or heavy vehicle body and chassis repair.


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • A passion for automotive restoration
  • A strong attention to detail
  • Multi-tasking between automotive projects
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised trade qualification
  • Eligibility to apply for your Automotive Body Repair (Panel Beater) Licence

Career opportunities:

  • Automotive body repair technician
  • Heavy vehicle body and chassis repair technician
  • Vehicle body restoration technician
  • Panel beater
  • Workshop manager


Take your career to the next level with the TAFE NSW:

  • Certificate IV in Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Business


The automotive boom continues to provide exciting employment opportunities for vast areas of the industry. The increased time, money and investment people are putting into vehicles ensures you will be highly sought after once completing this course. You will be equipped to meet high client expectations and deliver excellent results to damaged or restored automotive vehicles.

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 Automotive Body Repair 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 automotive Body Repair 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 our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements that may apply.


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices undertaking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


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

  • Literacy and numeracy skills at a Year 10 level
  • A passion for making automotive body repairs
  • Problem solving abilities
  • The ability to work collaboratively and independently on tasks
  • 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 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 in the automotive service and repair sector after successful completion.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

This is a full time day course. You will need to attend approximately 20.7 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 3 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 38.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, revision and unsupervised practical activities.


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 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?

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

Personal Protective Equipment - cotton drill overalls, steel capped work books, safety glasses, cotton drill pants and shirt, welding helmet: $180.00
A4 folder and pen: $10.00


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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

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 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
AURVTN035 Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
AURVTW003 Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW007 Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURVTN032 Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
AURAFA008 Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
AURVTN020 Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
AURVTN003 Remove and store vehicle body components
AURVTN004 Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
AURVTN023 Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
AURVTN022 Repair vehicle body misalignment
AURVTN016 Repair vehicle body panels using filler
AURTTY001 Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURVTP005 Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
AURVTN002 Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs
AURVTW005 Carry out spot welding
AURVTN031 Carry out vehicle sectional repairs
AURVTN028 Identify and repair high strength steel vehicle components
AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use
AURVTA002 Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
AURETR042 Remove, refit and operate electrical components following body repair activities
AURVTN018 Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
AURVTN027 Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler
AURVTN015 Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing
AURVTN019 Repair vehicle structural damage by riveting
AURVTN017 Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
AURVTN029 Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring 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

Frederick Street, Glendale
Phone 131 601

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