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AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology


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Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

Estimated completion time: 3 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
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CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Motor Mechanic (General)

This program is currently only available for Apprentices.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of light vehicles in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Automotive Service and Repair include:

  • Automotive Light Vehicle Mechanical Repair Technician

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Pathways from the qualification

  • AUR40212 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • AUR40812 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling

Entry requirements

To gain entry into AUR30616 - Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology candidates require: A registered NT apprenticeship.

Students will need to wear work clothing suited to the automotive industry such as:

  • Workshop PPE
  • Steel cap boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective clothing

Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

  • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

  • VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

    Select VSS for more detail about this program.

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    Location and study mode

    Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

    Study Mode: On campus
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

    Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

Automotive and Civil
Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 7506
Fax: 08 8946 6433

Course structure

To achieve a CERTIFICATE III in LIGHT VEHICLE MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY a total of THIRTY-SIX (36) units of competency must be completed comprising TWENTY (20) Core and SIXTEEN (16) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1175.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems 30
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems 30
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems 40
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems 30
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems 30
AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines 60
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems 20
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations 20
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures 20
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems 20
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines 20
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems 25
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools an equipment in an automotive workplace 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 575
AURETD011 Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems 25
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems 70
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems 50
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems 80
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems 40
AURETR044 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems 50
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies 20
AURLTQ012 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts 20
AURLTX001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions 40
AURLTX013 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems 30
AURTTA021 Diagnose complex system faults (unnamed) 80
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems 15
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions 10
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding 20
Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
  Total nominal hours for elective units 600
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1175


Course fees

Based on course nominal hours of 1175 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $3,995.00
Domestic Full Fees: $22,912.50

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2020: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2020: VET Tuition Fees for 2020 will be charged at $3.40 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available in the VET Student Guide.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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