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  • 095170G 

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

At a glance

At a glance

Complete this practical course to become a qualified automotive electrician. This course is for anyone who wants to become a qualified technician and continue their career in the automotive industry.

  • Automotive Electricians
  • Automotive Electrical Technician

AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

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Course overview

Course overview

Become a qualified automotive electrician with this course. This qualification is for anyone who wants to learn how to service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in vehicles in the automotive electrical service and repair industry.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, automotive electrical skills are in demand with employers finding it hard to fill vacancies for qualified automotive electricians. Queensland has the largest share of workers in this industry with stable future growth predicted over the next five years.

In this course you will gain the underpinning skills and knowledge required to service, diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems and components. You will learn how to diagnose faults and install and repair electrical systems in vehicles including lighting and wiring, ignition, instruments and warning systems. Our industry-expert teachers will also show you how to apply your knowledge of both petrol and diesel engine operation.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow you to apply for recognition as a qualified automotive electrical tradesperson.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 12 elective units from the list below.  

International Students Only
You will also be required to undertake 480 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
Solder electrical wiring and circuits
Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
Repair wiring harnesses and looms
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Install ancillary electronic systems and components
Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
Diagnose and repair charging systems
Diagnose and repair starting systems
Diagnose and repair ignition systems
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
Carry out diagnostic procedures

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

Use numbers in an automotive workplace
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
Diagnose and repair electric braking systems
Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
Service and maintain electrical components in hybrid electric vehicles
Install automotive security systems and components
Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies
Install basic ancillary electrical systems and components
Inspect, test and service charging systems
Inspect, test and service starting systems
Inspect, test and service batteries
Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings
Overhaul charging system alternators
Overhaul starting system motors
Diagnose and repair network electronic control systems
Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies
Develop and apply electrical system modifications
Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
Recover vehicle refrigerants
Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
Carry out servicing operations
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Inspect and service emission control systems

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total amount you need to pay when you enrol. This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students. Western Union allows you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
There are no Selection criteria requirements for Domestic Students.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.


International students

The objective of vocational placement (480 hours over two years) is to better familiarise students in real workplace settings for, Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, with people who work in the occupation of the Automotive Electrical Fields. The greater the practice of skills during vocational placement, the higher the skill levels the student will achieve and the more likely the student will not only meet but exceed the learning outcomes.

Students will be placed in a range of industry relevant settings ranging from automotive dealerships to general automotive repairers small, medium and large in order to give the student a broad range of practical experience thus further enhancing their theoretical learning at TAFE.

The industry placement is coordinated by a member of the TAFE automotive teaching team who regularly monitors the range of vocational experience being gained by reviewing the student's vocational placement diary on a monthly basis.
Each student is provided with a vocational placement diary with workplace forms which need to be completed and signed off by the workplace supervisor and registered training organisation instructor when the student has achieved competence for each workplace task. These workplace tasks have a direct link with learning outcomes and assessment requirements. Students return these completed workplace forms, and workplace rosters on a monthly basis to the International Students' Workplace Coordinator.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of clear safety glasses to AS 1336 or 1337, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, mechanic gloves, and ear plugs or muffs. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard protective clothing. If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks after enrolment, during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to and bring personal stationery, a USB, and a calculator.

Need to know

International students

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.

  • Under Workplace Health and Safety legislation you are legally required to wear appropriate protective clothing in class and around the Trades area at all times.  Students without the correct gear will be denied entry into the classroom.
  • Students are to provide the following protective clothing:  Overalls or long sleeved tops and long pants - Jeans are appropriate.  Board shorts are not permitted.  Steel capped safety work boots – steel capped volleys are not acceptable.
  • “Automotive Mechanics Volume 1" approximately $120.00 available through most bookstores or borrowed from the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Library.
  • Students should bring pens, pencils, paper and a calculator.

Students may be required to hold a valid driver's licence to study this course.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland