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AUR32416 Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing 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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Occupation types
Vehicle Painter

This program is currently only available for Apprentices.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who paint, refinish, repair and maintain painted surfaces on a range of automotive vehicles, recreational vehicles and other vehicles in the automotive industry.

Career opportunities

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

  • Vehicle Spray Painter
  • Vehicle Refinishing Technician - Heavy Vehicle and Industry
  • Vehicle Refinishing 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 AUR32416 - Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing 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 REFINISHING TECHNOLOGY a total of THIRTY (30) units of competency must be completed comprising SEVENTEEN (17) Core and THIRTEEN (13) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1090.

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
AURVTP001 Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces 20
AURVTP002 Mask vehicle panels and components 20
AURVTP003 Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use 40
AURVTP004 Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes 30
AURVTP006 Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces 30
AURVTP013 Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing 70
AURVTP014 Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components 60
AURVTP015 Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components 40
AURVTP017 Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems 80
AURVTP019 Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces 20
AURVTP020 De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces 20
AURVTP023 Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components 45
AURVTP024 Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components 45
AURVTP025 Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates 45
  Total nominal hours for core units 630
AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use 20
AURVTN005 Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles 15
AURVTN017 Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components 30
AURVTN035 Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs 20
AURVTP007 Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage 30
AURVTP010 Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment 30
AURVTP018 Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems 80
AURVTP026 Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels 40
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace (unnamed) 20
AURVTN004 Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components (unnamed) 90
AURVTN016 Repair vehicle body panels using filler (unnamed) 35
AURVTP005 Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components (unnamed) 20
AURVTS004 Repair vehicle composite material components (unnamed) 30
  Total nominal hours for elective units 460
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1090


Course fees

To be added when Course Information Flyer(s) are received

Domestic Students
Based on course nominal hours of 1090 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $3,270.00
Domestic Full Fees: $21,255.00

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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