Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology


Brisbane (QLD), Sydney (NSW)


100 weeks

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Brisbane’s leading provider of Automotive training!

If you’re a hands-on sort of person who enjoys working in a garage, are curious to know what’s under the bonnet, an automotive course could be just what you’re looking for. 

Intech Institute has one of the best purpose-built workshops resembling a real-world working environment in Brisbane, just like working in a garage. This means that the students get hands-on experience making them ready for great motor vehicle mechanic jobs.

Students are given the opportunity to work on problematic vehicles of different makes, identify the issues and fix it! We fine tune our courses to ensure that students graduate with the right skills that employers seek.

Our students also get the opportunity for work placements with major second-hand retailers and garages in the area.

In Australia, students successfully graduating from this qualification may receive a median salary of approx. $52,000 per year.

Course Overview

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to paint, refinish, repair and maintain painted surfaces to a range of automotive vehicles, recreational vehicles and other vehicles within the automotive industry. Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology is not just suited to those with a particular interest in cars, but to those with good attention to detail. This qualification may also cover non-automotive which may include industrial machinery and tools.

Entry requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, Although, It is highly recommended that the student have:

  • have satisfactory numeracy and literacy capabilities
  • are mature age (over 18 years at the time of commencement) and
  • have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake this course.

 This qualification is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.

What you'll learn

To complete this qualification you will need to complete:

A total number of units: 30 units

  • 17 core units
  •  13 elective units

Mandatory Units:

AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace

AURAFA008 Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions

AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace

AURVTP001 Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces

AURVTP002 Mask vehicle panels and components

AURVTP003 Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use

AURVTP004 Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes

AURVTP006 Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces

AURVTP013 Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing

AURVTP014 Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components

AURVTP015 Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components

AURVTP017 Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems

AURVTP019 Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces

AURVTP020 De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces

AURVTP023 Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components

AURVTP024 Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components

AURVTP025  Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates


Suggested Elective Units:

AURAFA002 Read and respond to automotive workplace information

AURAFA004 Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace

AURAMA001 Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace

AURETH001 Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles

AURETH011 Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles

AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles

AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use

AURVTA003 Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures

AURVTN005 Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles

AURVTN017 Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components

AURVTN032 Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures

AURVTN035 Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs

AURVTP007 Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage

AURVTP009 Apply vehicle body film wrapping

AURVTP010 Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment

AURVTP011 Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components

AURVTP012 Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials

AURVTP016 Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems

AURVTP018 Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems

AURVTP026 Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels

AURVTP028 Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels

TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction

Teaching and assessment

Duration:  This course is conducted over a 100 week delivery, this includes term breaks.

Compulsory 75% (face-to-face) attendance is required for this qualification.

Timetable: Monday- Friday, Work placement optional (The timetable for future intakes may differ to the current schedule.)

Delivery Method: For International Students the delivery method is face-to-face classroom delivery. Competencies will be assessed by theory tests, practical tasks and project work.

For local students, InTech may offer the course as distance online (up to 25% of the total course as an online delivery) and face-to-face class. Competencies will be assessed by theory tests, practical tasks and project work.

Delivery Location: Course is delivered on-site at our Brisbane Campus: 21 Parkview Street, Milton, QLD.

Resources provided: Student will receive handouts/learning material relevant to each unit, Safety boots and Intech T-shirt on the induction day. We also recommend that the students wear protective clothing, safety glasses suited to the automotive industry.


Have trade skills and work experience but no formal qualification?

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process of having your work experience and skills formally assessed for the purpose of gaining a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

Fast track your studies and bridge the gaps in your skill set through the RPL. InTech offers you the chance to take all your experience and turn it into a Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology!!

For each unit, candidates will be given the option to demonstrate competency through a combination of any of the following:

  • A Portfolio of Evidence which includes:
    – Prior Qualifications (accredited and non-accredited)
    – Employment History (detailed, positions, performance, appraisals)
    – Work samples and other relevant documents (photos, videos, etc.)
    – References and testimonials from verifiable sources
    – Journals and publications
  • Practical testing in the workshop/classroom
  • Written/Verbal Testing

Apply for RPL or for Credit Transfer for discounted fees and reduced study duration.

Career Pathways

This qualification  prepares new employees or recognises and develops existing workers who are painting and maintaining painted surfaces on a range of vehicles and non-vehicle applications. You may find a career as an:

  • vehicle refinishing technician
  • Vehicle painter
  • Mechanic’s assistant
  • vehicle refinishing technician, heavy vehicle and industry
Fees and funding

Fees:  AUD $18,000-no hidden fee

The  student tuition fees as published are subject to change annually given individual circumstances at enrolment and a number of other factors.

Payment Plan: If you have difficulty paying the full fee of a course upfront you might be eligible for a payment plan. This allows you to pay for your course either per semester or in monthly installments.

Intake Dates: There are 4 intake dates in a year: Jan-Feb, April-May, July & September-October

Fee reduction applies for: Credit Transfer, RPL or Government Funding

How to apply

Ready to get started?

Fill out an application above or see our How to Apply section for further guidance.

If you require assistance, our dedicated student advisors can help you with any questions you have about the application and enrolment process.

Students are advised to make an appointment to speak to a career counselor for advice on programs, learning pathways and career outcomes.

Professional accreditation and recognition

On successful completion of this course including competence in all assessment requirements , you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology.Your qualifications are recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Check the www.training.gov.au.

Additional information

Pathways into the qualification:
Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed  Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology, Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation or other relevant qualifications.

Further Progression: Students can progress onto a higher level course within the college. We offer a Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling or other relevant qualifications.

Work Placements:

Students are encouraged to seek industry workplace experience to gain the maximum benefit from the course. The greater the practice of skills, the higher the skill levels the student will achieve and the more likely the student will not only meet but exceed the learning outcomes. InTech may assist in securing industry work placements – conditions apply.


What Kind Of Student Are You?

You're a local student if you are:
  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or
  • an Australian permanent resident
You're an international student if you are:
  • intending to study on a student visa, or
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • not an Australian permanent resident or
  • a temporary resident of Australia
You're a working professional if you are:
  • currently working in Australia or Internationally
  • able to provide sufficient work evidence to obtain a qualification
  • willing to expand your future job prospects

If you're unsure please contact us at admissions@intech.edu.au