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AUR31216 Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology


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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 mobile plant machinery 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:

  • Mobile Plant 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

AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into AUR31216 - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology candidates require: A registered NT apprenticeship.

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

  • 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.

    Employability skills

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    Location and study mode

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

    Locations: Casuarina

    Study Mode:On campus

Contact details

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

Course structure

To achieve a CERTIFICATE III in MOBILE PLANT TECHNOLOGY a total of THIRTY-SIX (36) units of competency must be completed comprising TWENTY-TWO (22) Core and FOURTEEN (14) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1200.

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
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems 50
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
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines 70
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems 80
AURKTA005 Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems 30
AURKTA011 Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems 60
AURKTB001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems 40
AURKTD002 Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems 40
AURKTQ001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies 30
AURKTX001 Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions 50
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations 20
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems 20
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures 20
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems 15
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20
AURTTX006 Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions 40
  Total nominal hours for core units 765
AURHTE001 Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies 35
AURKTD001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems 40
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems 50
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts 30
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems 35
AURHTX001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions 50
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems 20
AURETR044 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems 50
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace 15
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems 10
AURVTW001 Carry out manual metal arc welding on components 30
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding 20
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30
  Total nominal hours for elective units 435
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1200


Course fees

Based on course nominal hours of 1200 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $4,080.00
Domestic Full Fees: $23,400.00

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.

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