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3 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification is three (3) years full-time, face-to-face.



Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.

Course code



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 and advanced standing

Skill 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 Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) 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.

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, AUR40820 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling or other relevant qualifications. Note: CDU does not deliver the Certificate IV qualifications.


2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $4,042.50, and for students who are not eligible is $23,100.00.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

CDU trades student

Why study trades at CDU?

Whether you're an apprentice, a trainee, or already working in the industry, our trades courses are for you.

Start your career or upskill in a variety of areas from construction and electrotechnology to plumbing and metal trades. Wherever your interest lies, you'll learn from experts with industry-standard technologies and tools so you can graduate workplace ready.

  • NT's largest training provider
  • Access to specialised trade training facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning so you can qualify faster

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest training provider and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve AUR30620 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 electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1155.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace25
AURASA102Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace20
AURETR112Test and repair basic electrical circuits40
AURETR123Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems60
AURETR125Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles15
AURETR129Diagnose and repair charging systems30
AURETR130Diagnose and repair starting systems30
AURETR131Diagnose and repair ignition systems30
AURLTD104Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems30
AURLTB103Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems40
AURLTD105Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems30
AURLTE102Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines60
AURLTZ101Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems20
AURTTA104Carry out servicing operations20
AURTTA118Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies20
AURTTB101Inspect and service braking systems20
AURTTC103Diagnose and repair cooling systems20
AURTTE104Inspect and service engines20
AURTTF101Inspect and service petrol fuel systems25
AURTTK102Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace20
 Total nominal hours for core units575
Elective units of competency (Select 16)
AURETD101Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems25
AURETH011Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles20
AURETH101Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles10
AURETR122Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems70
AURETR124Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems50
AURETR132Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems80
AURETR143Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems40
AURETR144Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems50
AURLTQ101Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies20
AURLTQ102Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts20
AURLTX101Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions40
AURLTX103Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems30
AURTTA121Diagnose complex system faults80
AURTTF102Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems20
AURTTF105Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems15
AURTTX103Inspect and service automatic transmissions10
AURETR006Solder electrical wiring and circuits (unnamed)20
 Total nominal hours for elective units580
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1155


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no formal entry requirements in TGA. However, students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

Students complete a language, literacy and numeracy Support document before entering the AUR30620 - Certificate III in Light Vehicle

Mechanical Technology qualification. This support document - compiled by the CDU Learning support Team is used to establish:

  • whether the student is in the correct qualification level to be successful
  • whether any special needs exist for the student.

Students must have an apprenticeship contract in place between themselves, Australian Apprenticeship Support Services (AASN) and their host employer. Any student enquiries to CDU for enrolment as an apprentice, without these circumstances in place, are advised to contact Apprenticeships Australia.

The completed document is reviewed by the lecturer to determine student suitability.

All of my lecturers were top notch former tradies with a solid grasp of what they were teaching. Whatever my issue was, they were always there for me. It was great.


CDU student

Yron VET Trades

Course details


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

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

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

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

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

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Motor Mechanic (General)
Area of study

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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