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AUR32420 Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Vehicle Body

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 4 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (school based)

Course description

Would you like to work with painted surfaces in the automotive or other industries and learn your skills on-the-job?

This is a trade-level qualification designed for apprentices. The course covers the skills and knowledge required to paint, refinish, repair and maintain painted surfaces for a range of automotive and recreational vehicles within the automotive industry. The course may also cover non-automotive surfaces such as industrial machinery and tools, kitchen cabinets and glass splashbacks.

Possible career outcomes

  • This is an apprenticeship for automotive refinishing apprentices employed in the industry

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (school based)    
2025 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (school based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes AURVTP104 30
Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components AURVTP124 45
Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components AURVTP123 45
Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces AURVTP006 30
Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates AURVTP125 45
Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components AURVTP114 60
De-nib buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces AURVTP020 20
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace AURAEA002 25
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace AURASA102 20
Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions AURAFA108 20
Mask vehicle panels and components AURVTP002 20
Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components AURVTP115 40
Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment AURVTP110 30
Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces AURVTP019 20
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use AURVTP103 40
Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing AURVTP113 70
Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems AURVTP117 80
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces AURVTP101 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply rust prevention and sound deadening materials to vehicle body components AURVTP005 20
Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components AURVTP111 40
Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs AURVTN102 40
Clean plastic trim and fittings of vehicles AURVTT007 15
Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures AURVTN132 40
Prepare vehicles for customer use AURVTA001 20
Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems AURVTP116 60
Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems AURVTP118 80
Restore vehicle body exterior paint AURVTP021 30
Test charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles AURETR125 15
Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage AURVTP107 30
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace AURTTK102 20


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

Hands-on work    

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.78 per hour 1070 AUD $835.00 AUD $15,878.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.90 per hour 1070 AUD $4,173.00 AUD $15,878.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $19.46 per hour 1070 AUD $20,822.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,200.00
Education Levy AUD $160.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 20/06/2024 12:00:12 PM