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AUR30312 - Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology


At a glance

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to repair and maintain the mechanical systems and components of cars, motorcycles and heavy vehicles. It is suitable for entry into the automotive service and repair industry.

The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology prepares new employees or recognises and develops existing workers who service, diagnose and repair vehicle electrical and electronic systems and components. Job roles related to this qualification include automotive electrician.

Application Mode Blended
Availability Emerald
Intake Dates

Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

Hours of Study

Career Opportunities

Job roles related to this qualification include automotive electrician.

Entry Requirements

This course is for apprenticeship training only. Students must be employed as apprentices in a relevant industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

  • Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in the automotive mechanical industry (AURAEA3003)
  • Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace (AURASA2002)
  • Use and maintain automotive electrical test equipment (AURETK2002)
  • Carry out soldering of electrical wiring and circuits (AURETR2006)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems (AURETR2007)
  • Install, test and repair vehicle lighting and wiring systems (AURETR2009)
  • Fabricate, test and repair wiring harnesses and looms (AURETR2010)
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits (AURETR2012)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation (AURETR2035)
  • Diagnose and repair electronic spark ignition engine management systems (AURETR3023)
  • Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems (AURETR3024)
  • Test, charge and replace batteries (AURETR3025)
  • Install ancillary electronic control unit systems and components (AURETR3027)
  • Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems (AURETR3028)
  • Diagnose and repair charging systems (AURETR3029)
  • Diagnose and repair starting systems (AURETR3030)
  • Diagnose and repair ignition systems (AURETR3031)
  • Repair electrical systems (AURETR3032)
  • Service and repair electronic body management systems (AURETR3043)
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures (AURTTA3018)
  • Apply environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace (AURAEA2002)
  • Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies (AURETR2008)
  • Install and test basic ancillary electrical components (AURETR2011)
  • Read and apply vehicle wiring schematics and drawings (AURETR2016)
  • Repair electronic systems (AURETR3020)
  • Inspect, service and repair electronic management, monitoring and tracking systems (AURETR3021)
  • Remove, replace and program electrical and electronic units and assemblies (AURETR3026)
  • Service and repair electronic drive management systems (AURETR3044)
  • Service air conditioning and HVAC systems (AURETU2003)
  • Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems (AURETU3004)
  • Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems (AURETU3005)
  • Carry out servicing operations (AURTTA2004)
  • Inspect and service engines (AURTTE2004)
  • Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment (AURTTK2002)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Apprenticeship Training

This course is for apprentices only.

Fees and scholarships


Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply

How do I secure an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity to pull together the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website and follow the steps to become an apprentice.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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