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AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology


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Estimated completion time: 3 year/s

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks when repairing and maintaining the body of cars, heavy vehicles and other vehicles in the automotive service and repair sector.

This qualification is only available as an Apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

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

  • Panelbeater
  • Heavy Vehicle Body and Chassis Repair Technician
  • Vehicle Body Restorian 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

AUR32416 Certificate III in Automotive Refinish

Entry requirements

To gain entry into AUR32116 - Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair 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.

    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: Internal, Mixed mode
    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 AUTOMOTIVE BODY REPAIR a total of THIRTY (30) units of competency must be completed comprising SIXTEEN (16) 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 1055.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25
AURAFA008 Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions 20
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20
AURTTY001 Repair vehicles chassis, frame and associated components 80
AURVTN003 Remove and store vehicle body components 20
AURVTN004 Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components 90
AURVTN016 Repair vehicle body panels using filler 35
AURVTN020 Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles 50
AURVTN022 Repair vehicle body misalignment 50
AURVTN023 Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles 40
AURVTN032 Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures 40
AURVTN035 Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs 20
AURVTW003 Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections 30
AURVTW007 Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 575
AURVTN002 Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs 40
AURVTN005 Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles 15
AURVTN015 Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing 35
AURVTN017 Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components 30
AURVTN019 Repair vehicle structural damage by riveting 30
AURVTN028 Identify and repair high strength steel vehicle components 40
AURVTN029 Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems 20
AURVTN031 Carry out vehicle sectional repairs 80
AURVTW005 Carry out spot welding 20
AURVTN025 Repair corroded vehicle body panels and components 60
AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use 20
AURVTN013 Carry out paint-less dent repairs on vehicle body panels 40
AURVTP005 Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components 20
AURVTS004 Repair vehicle composite material components 30
  Total nominal hours for elective units 480
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1055


Course fees

Based on course nominal hours of 1055 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees:$3,587.00
Domestic Full Fees: $20,572.50

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

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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