Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks related to servicing and repairing mechanical components/systems of cars, heavy vehicles and/or motorcycles within an automotive service and repair business. It is suitable for entry into the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who are performing servicing and repair of particular components/systems of vehicles in an automotive service or repair business.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

vehicle serviceperson.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical, competency must be achieved in thirteen (13) units of competency.

one (1) core unit of competency

twelve (12) elective units of competency, as specified below.

one (1) elective unit of competency from Group A

a minimum of eight (8) elective units of competency from Group B

a maximum of three (3) elective units of competency from Group C, drawn from any combination of:

units not already chosen from Group B

relevant units available in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are aligned to Certificate II and III qualifications

a maximum of two (2) elective units may be selected from units aligned to Certificate III qualifications.


Where prerequisite units are identified they must be counted in the total number of units required for completion of the qualification.

The following pairs of units must not be chosen together when achieving this qualification:

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Perform soft soldering

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Carry out soft soldering techniques

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Perform routine oxy acetylene welding

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Carry out oxy acetylene welding, thermal cutting and thermal heating procedures

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Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

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Carry out oxy acetylene welding, thermal cutting and thermal heating procedures

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Weld using gas metal arc welding process

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Carry out gas metal arc (MIG) welding procedures

Core units of competency

Complete the following one (1) unit of competency.

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Apply safe working practices

Elective units of competency

Group A - Elective units

Select one (1) unit of competency from the following list.

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Apply environmental regulations and best practice in a workplace or business

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Implement and monitor environmental regulations in the automotive mechanical industry

Group B - Other elective units

Select a minimum of eight (8) units of competency from the following lists.


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Repair electric braking systems

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Inspect and service braking systems

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Attach friction materials and radius grind

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Machine brake drums and brake disc rotors

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Inspect and service air braking systems

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Assemble and fit braking systems/components

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Repair hydraulic braking systems

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Inspect, service and repair auxiliary braking systems

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Repair air braking systems


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Work effectively with others

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Communicate effectively in the workplace

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Communicate business information

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Provide technical guidance

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Adapt work processes to new technologies

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Inspect technical quality of work

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Maintain quality systems

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Estimate complex jobs

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Maintain workplace safety

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Apply first aid

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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Operate a forklift

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Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

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Conduct specialised forklift operations

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Move materials mechanically using automated equipment

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Load and unload goods/cargo

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Licence to operate a forklift truck



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Remove and replace electrical/electronic units/assemblies

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Service, maintain or replace batteries

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Test, service and charge batteries

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Carry out repairs to single electrical circuits

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Remove, refit and test electrical componentry for normal operation following body repair activities

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Install, test and repair low voltage wiring/lighting systems

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Install, test and repair electrical security systems/components

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Install ancillary electrical components

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Manufacture and repair wiring harness/looms

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Carry out soldering of electrical wiring/circuits

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Repair electrical systems

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Repair instruments and warning systems

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Overhaul charging system alternators

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Repair charging systems

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Overhaul starting motors

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Repair starting systems

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Inspect, service and repair AC electric motor drive systems

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Install marine electrical systems and components

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Diagnose and repair marine electrical systems and components

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Repair ignition systems

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Service and repair electronically controlled steering systems

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Service and repair electronically controlled suspension systems

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Repair electronic systems

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Service and repair electronic spark ignition engine management systems

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Service and repair electronic drive management systems

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Service and repair electronic body management systems

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Service and repair electronically controlled anti-lock braking systems

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Service and repair electronically operated traction control system

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Service and repair electronically operated stability control systems

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Service and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems

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Install marine electronic systems and components

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Inspect, service and repair electronic management, monitoring and tracking systems

Engines, systems and transmissions


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Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives

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Remove and install engine assemblies

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Inspect and service engines

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Repair cooling systems

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Inspect and service cooling systems

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Carry out radiator repairs

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Service petrol fuel systems

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Service diesel fuel injection systems

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Inspect and service emission control systems

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Fabricate exhaust system/components

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Repair exhaust system components

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Inspect and service transmissions (manual)

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Inspect and service transmissions (automatic)

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Service transmissions (hydrostatic)

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Service final drive assemblies

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Remove and refit driveline components

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Service final drive (driveline)

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Repair petrol fuel systems

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Repair diesel fuel systems

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Install LPG/CNG electrical control equipment

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Install LPG fuel systems

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Repair LPG fuel systems

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Service LPG fuel systems

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Install CNG fuel systems

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Repair CNG fuel systems

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Service CNG fuel systems

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Install LNG fuel systems

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Repair LNG fuel systems

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Service LNG fuel systems

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Repair and replace emission control systems

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Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems

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Inspect, service and/or repair clutch assemblies and associated operating system components

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Repair transmissions (hydrostatic)

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Carry out reboring and honing of cylinders

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Carry out grinding and facing operations

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Set, operate and monitor specialist machines

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Carry out machining operations

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Repair engines and associated engine components (heavy vehicle)

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Repair transmissions - manual (heavy vehicle)

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Inspect, test and replace transmissions - automatic (heavy vehicle)

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Repair transmissions - automatic (heavy vehicle)

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Repair final drive assemblies (heavy vehicle)

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Repair final drive - driveline (heavy vehicle)

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Repair engines and associated engine components (light vehicle)

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Repair transmissions - manual (light vehicle)

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Repair transmissions - automatic (light vehicle)

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Repair final drive assemblies (light vehicle)

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Repair final drive - driveline (light vehicle)


Apply knowledge of engine science


Operate and monitor computer numerical control machines


Repair bearing tunnels and connecting rods in engines


Apply metal to rebuild engine components


Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Balance rotating and reciprocating engine components


Perform advanced machining and blueprinting of engine components


Carry out grinding operations


Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Heat treat, straighten and reclaim engine components


Recondition engine cylinder heads

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Perform general machining

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General mechanical

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Apply basic automotive troubleshooting processes

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Carry out servicing operations

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Service hydraulic systems

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Inspect, service and repair pneumatic systems

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Service air compressors and air lines

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Service, repair and replace air compressors/components

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Install air conditioning systems

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Service air conditioning systems

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Assemble and install refrigeration systems/components

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Read and interpret engineering drawings

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Produce drawings from design concepts

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Produce patterns and templates

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Use and maintain measuring equipment

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Carry out pre-repair operations (mechanical)

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Service and repair trailers up to 4.5 tonnes

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Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment

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Synchronise plant/equipment

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Inspect, service and repair harvesting equipment

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Inspect, service and repair crop planting and seeding equipment

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Inspect, service and repair spraying and spreading equipment

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Inspect, service and repair lift truck mast assemblies

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Install hydraulic systems to specified applications

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Manufacture and install fluid power hose assemblies

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Repair hydraulic systems

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Assemble and install pneumatic systems/components

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Identify and apply pneumatic wheeled traction performance enhancement systems (heavy vehicle)

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Overhaul air conditioning system components

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Repair/retrofit air conditioning systems

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Prepare engineering drawings

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Drive and manoeuvre trailer(s)

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Service and repair trailers in excess of 4.5 tonnes

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Inspect vehicle systems and determine preferred repair action

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Carry out vehicle safety/roadworthy inspection

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Carry out diagnostic procedures

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Carry out advanced diagnostic procedures

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Interpret technical drawing

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Perform engineering measurements

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Use hand tools

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Use power tools/hand held operations

Steering and suspension

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Inspect steering systems

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Insect and service steering systems

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Inspect suspension system

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Inspect and service suspension systems

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Select and install performance enhanced suspension system products

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Service and rectify faults in lift assisted suspension systems

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Inspect, service and repair tracked type drive and support systems

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Determine compliance of steering and suspension modifications

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Repair steering systems (heavy vehicle)

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Repair suspension systems (heavy vehicle)

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Repair steering systems (light vehicle)

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Repair suspension systems (light vehicle)

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Repair steering systems (motorcycle)

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Repair suspension systems (motorcycle)


    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit will be granted towards this qualification to those who have completed AUR10105 Certificate I in Automotive or other relevant qualifications.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR30405 Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology, AUR30611 Certificate III in Automotive Specialist or other relevant qualifications.

    Additional qualification advice

    The Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical may be attained as a generic qualification, or where a particular occupational outcome is required, may include a specialisation.

    Specialisations for this qualification include:


    cooling system

    cylinder head reconditioning


    exhaust fitting

    steering and suspension

    tyre fitting heavy

    tyre fitting light


    Advice is provided at the end of this qualification on the recommended units of competency for each specialisation.

    Where elective units of competency are packaged to suit a particular industry sector or occupational outcome, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) might issue, for example, a:

Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical (specialising in steering and suspension)


Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical (steering and suspension)

It should be noted that a qualification with a specialisation does not change the title of the qualification, although RTOs may choose to record the specialisation below the title.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing considerations

Some jurisdictions require this qualification for licensing purposes. In addition some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements, depending on the work context. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills as identified by the Automotive retail, service and repair industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Understanding and carrying out verbal instructions from supervisors and others

Reading, understanding and completing workplace documentation, forms and records

Sharing work-related information with other team members using industry terminology

Communicating with people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


Contributing positively to the work team environment

Working effectively with others in a socially diverse environment

Respecting and understanding the views of others

Giving, receiving and acting upon feedback

Identifying and describing own role and role of others

Problem solving

Recognising a problem or a potential problem within a vehicle component/system servicing environment

Seeking information and assistance to solve problems outside own area of responsibility

Solving problems within own area of responsibility

Initiative and enterprise

Suggesting ideas for workplace improvement to supervisors and team members

Positively adapting to changes in workplace procedures and making adjustments to improve own performance

Taking positive action to report hazards or risk situations to supervisors

Planning and organising

Planning daily work tasks to work safely and manage risks according to workplace procedures

Prioritising activities to achieve required outcomes

Planning and organising appropriate equipment and materials

Planning ahead to anticipate problems with availability of equipment, materials and personnel to assist


Following workplace safety requirements and other policies and procedures

Completing known delegated tasks on time

Selecting and using appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

Asking for advice and assistance when appropriate


Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses

Acting upon feedback and accepting opportunities to learn to improve work performance

Asking questions to gain information and identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding


Appropriately selecting and using tools and equipment

Recognising and reporting faulty equipment

Using information and communication technology