Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Course Code AUR30616
Locations Warrnambool, Workplace training
Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length 4 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 8 week-long blocks per year plus workplace training
Week-long blocks: Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 4:30pm
Course Overview

This course is designed to train learners in light vehicle mechanics to develop their skills and ensure they are competent to perform at industry standards.

You will learn how to apply safe work practices, test and service batteries and carry out repairs to single electrical circuits. This course will help you develop your skills in servicing and repairing engine management systems, steering, suspension, transmission and braking systems, and teach you about inspecting and servicing engine cooling systems.

This course also covers inspecting, diagnosing, servicing and repair of manual and automatic transmissions, how to repair steering and suspension systems, the detailed servicing of hydraulic brake systems, engines and fuel systems as well as engine and driveline management systems.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this apprenticeship course will gain a nationally recognised qualification. 



Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR40212 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, AUR40812 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling or other relevant qualifications.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To enrol in this course you must be employed as an apprentice motor mechanic.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 36 units; 20 core and 16 electives units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25 $0.00
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20 $5.00
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40 $0.00
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60 $0.00
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15 $0.00
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems 30 $0.00
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems 30 $0.00
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30 $0.00
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems 40 $0.00
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems 30 $0.00
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems 30 $0.00
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines 60 $0.00
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems 20 $0.00
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations 20 $0.00
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures 20 $0.00
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems 20 $0.00
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20 $0.00
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines 20 $0.00
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems 25 $0.00
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20 $5.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems 25 $0.00
AURLTD006 Carry out light vehicle wheel alignment operations 40 $0.00
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40 $0.00
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies 20 $0.00
AURLTQ002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts 20 $0.00
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions 40 $0.00
AURLTX003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems 30 $0.00
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20 $0.00
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace 15 $0.00
AURVTW008 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30 $10.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,760.00
Concession rate $755.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $19,660.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $95.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligble for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

Find out more about fees and eligibility

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.