Offering Info

Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR32416
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR32416-01V01-21ULT-476

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

19 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology gets you job-ready for specialising in refinishing, repairing and maintaining painted surfaces on a range of automotive vehicles, motorcycles, marine craft, aircraft, caravans and more.

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


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Interpret and apply repair instructions
  • Prepare substrates, including removing paint and masking panels
  • Prepare spray painting equipment
  • Apply colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
  • Apply refinishing primers


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Confidence to work in a team or unsupervised
  • Maintain high quality work
  • Communication and problem-solving skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at certificate III level

Career opportunities:

  • Vehicle spray painter/refinishing technician
  • Vehicle refinishing technician heavy vehicle and industry


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Glazing Technology
  • Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology

This course is superseded.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 Automotive Refinishing 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 anapprentice in the automotive 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.
Our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements that may apply.


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

  • An aptitude for practical work
  • An enjoyment of working with your hands
  • An eye for colour and design
  • Good communication skills
  • A reasonable fitness level to manage manual tasks
  • Literacy and numeracy skills at a year 10 level, or equivalent
  • A keen interest in design in the automotive industry

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 after successful completion
  • a student training plan

To successfully complete this course:

  • participants on an average require four years on the job training and three years at TAFE. However, individuals who demonstrate the required competence in a shorter time frame can complete their training in a shorter time frame provided all three parties; RTO/Employer/Student agree.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Part-Time Day, Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 3 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 30 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace learning as a part of the apprenticeship with an employer.


The Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who are painting and maintaining painted surfaces on a range of vehicles and non-vehicle applications.

Students come from a variety of different types of workplaces. These can range from small business to large franchised dealerships. This training program has the apprentice way from the workplace for one day a week for 30 weeks within each year for 3 years. The training is a blend of offsite at Ultimo Campus and on the job with the employer.
The subjects are arranged to ensure that students in the first year of training are competent in basic workshop practices and safety. The second year starts with basic repair process subjects while the final year subjects concentrate on more complex repair procedures.


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 Monday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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:

  • Prior to attending your first class you must have all your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). An itemised PPE list is available by contacting the teaching section.


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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.

Core Units
Number Title
AURVTP006 Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
AURAFA008 Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
AURVTP003 Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
AURVTP013 Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
AURVTP001 Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURVTP004 Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
AURVTP002 Mask vehicle panels and components
AURVTP019 Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
AURVTP024 Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP023 Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
AURVTP025 Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
AURVTP014 Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
AURVTP020 De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
AURVTP015 Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
AURVTP017 Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
Elective Units
Number Title
AURAFA002 Read and respond to automotive workplace information
AURVTP005 Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components
AURVTN016 Repair vehicle body panels using filler
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURVTP012 Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
AURVTP016 Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
AURVTN005 Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
AURVTP011 Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
AURVTP010 Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use
AURVTN035 Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
AURVTP028 Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
AURVTP018 Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack 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

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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