Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Port of Sale, Yallourn

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Course Overview

Have you got a love for automotive technology? Do you enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck into exciting projects?

Learn how to diagnose, service and repair the electrical system in a wide range of vehicles; including repairing charging systems, compression ignition engines, spark ignitions, how to test, charge and replace batteries, jumpstart cars and install vital electrical components.

Perfect for automotive apprentices who want to learn in a combination of on-campus and in the workplace.

And when you finish your qualification, the pathways are endless. You could begin working in automotive vehicle workshops and or dealerships as a qualified automotive electrical technician, while you take the time to decide where to take your career next.

Those next steps could be studying a Certificate, IV and Diplomas within the automotive industry – and we’ll be on hand to go through all of your options when and if the time comes.

Please note, students must be registered and employed in the industry given this being an apprenticeship course.


Block release (Port of Sale and Yallourn): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Day release:

  • Yallourn: Thursday 8:00am–4:00pm
  • Bairnsdale: Tuesday 8:00am–4:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
  • Leongatha:  Monday 8:00am–4:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am–4:00pm
  • Warragul: Tuesday 8:00am–4:00pm,   Thursday 8:00am–4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Employment in automotive vehicle workshops and or dealerships as a qualified automotive electrical technician.

Opportunities for Further Study

Cert  IV and Diploma with-in the automotive industry.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Registered and employed as apprentice.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Completion of year ten secondary studies, 16 years of age with a completion of a language literacy and numeracy assessment.

Limitations to entry

  • Not registered and employed apprentice


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Pens, pencils, PPE as required

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA102Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETB101Diagnose and repair electric braking systems
AURETH011Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
AURETK002Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
AURETR006Solder electrical wiring and circuits
AURETR007Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
AURETR009Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
AURETR010Repair wiring harnesses and looms
AURETR011Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components
AURETR017Overhaul charging system alternators
AURETR018Overhaul starting system motors
AURETR026Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
AURETR027Install ancillary electronic systems and components
AURETR112Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR116Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings
AURETR122Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR123Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR124Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR125Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR128Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
AURETR129Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR130Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR131Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR132Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR135Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
AURETR143Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURETR144Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURPTR102Test and service electric outdoor power equipment
AURTTA118Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
AURTTE104Inspect and service engines
AURTTK102Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace


Practical experiences, practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, workbooks/online assessments