Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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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?

The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology is a great option for automotive apprentices who want to learn how to diagnose, service and repair the electrical systems in a huge range of vehicles.

You’ll learn the skills you need to repair charging systems, compression ignition engines, spark ignitions, and a whole lot more. You’ll also learn how to test, charge and replace batteries, jumpstart cars and install vital electrical components – sounds pretty good to us!

Taught in a combination of on-campus and in the workplace, this four-year course will allow you to put your new skills into action right away, gaining hands-on experience and increasing your employment opportunities.

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 III, 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.

Get more out of your apprenticeship as you prepare yourself for a thrilling career in the automotive industry with a Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology.

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


Block release: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Day release: 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 III, IV and Diplomas 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

Course Modules

Course units
AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
AURETR122 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR131 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR130 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR123 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR144 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURETR143 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURPTR102 Test and service electric outdoor power equipment  
AURETB101 Diagnose and repair electric braking systems  
AURETR132 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems  
AURETR128 Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems  
AURETR135 Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation  
AURETR116 Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings  
AURETH011 Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
AURETR026 Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
AURETR017 Overhaul charging system alternators
AURETR018 Overhaul starting system motors
AURETR011 Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components
AURETR027 Install ancillary electronic systems and components
AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
AURETR007 Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace


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