Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology - AUR32416

Gordon Institute of TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00011G

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.


  • 30 units: 17 core
  • 13 elective


  • Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
  • Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
  • Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
  • Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
  • Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
  • Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
  • Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
  • Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
  • Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
  • Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
  • Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
  • Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures
  • Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels
  • Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
  • Read and respond to automotive workplace information
  • Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Mask vehicle panels and components
  • Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
  • Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
  • Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace
  • De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
  • Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
  • Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
  • Prepare vehicles for customer use
  • Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
  • Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
  • Apply vehicle body film wrapping
  • Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
  • Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
  • Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
  • Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
  • Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
  • Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
  • Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles

Standard entry requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
East Geelong Campus Domestic: $3,140
  • Part-time : 6 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years

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