Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Part Time, Workplace
4 years
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Sale (Fulham), Warragul, 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?

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.


Apprentices attend either Block release or Day release depending on Student and Location

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
AURPTR002 Test and service electric outdoor power equipment
AURETR026 Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURETR044 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURETR035 Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR028 Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
AURETR027 Install ancillary electronic systems and components
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR018 Overhaul starting system motors
AURETR017 Overhaul charging system alternators
AURETR016 Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR011 Install basic ancillary electrical 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
AURETR005 Install automotive security systems and components
AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
AURETH011 Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
AURETB001 Diagnose and repair electric braking systems
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices 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