Certificate III in Automotive Specialist

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to undertake specialist service and repair work on vehicles within the automotive service and repair sector. It is suitable for entry into the automotive specialist service and repair sector.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Automotive Specialist is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who service and repair specialist systems and components of cars and other vehicles.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

automotive mechanics.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Specialist, competency must be achieved in twenty eight (28) units of competency.

three (3) core units of competency

twenty five (25) elective units of competency, as specified below.

a minimum of nineteen (19) elective units of competency from Group A

a maximum of six (6) elective units of competency from Group B, drawn from any combination of:

units not already chosen from Group A

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

a maximum of eleven (11) elective units of competency may be selected from units aligned to Certificate II qualifications

a maximum of two (2) elective units of competency may be selected from units aligned to Certificate IV 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 three (3) units of competency.

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Apply safe working practices

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Implement and monitor environmental regulations in the automotive mechanical industry

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Carry out diagnostic procedures

Elective units of competency

Group A - Elective units

Complete a minimum of nineteen (19) units of competency from the following lists.

Advanced technology

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Analyse and evaluate gas fuel system faults-


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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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Overhaul braking system components (light)

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Overhaul braking system components (heavy)

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Overhaul air braking systems/components

Electrical systems


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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

Electronic 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


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Repair ignition 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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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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Rebuild engine components

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Reclaim engine components

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Dismantle, assemble and repair engine block and sub-assemblies

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Recondition cylinder heads

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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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Balance engine components

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Carry out blueprinting of engine components

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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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Overhaul engines and associated engine components

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Overhaul clutch assemblies

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Overhaul transmissions (manual)

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Overhaul transmissions (automatic)

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Overhaul transmissions (hydrostatic)

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Overhaul final drive assemblies

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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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Inspect, repair and diagnose alternative fuel systems for heavy vehicle engines

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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)

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Perform general machining

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Fuel systems

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Service petrol fuel systems

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Service diesel fuel injection systems

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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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Overhaul petrol fuel system components

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Overhaul diesel fuel injection systems

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Diagnose LPG fuel system faults

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Diagnose CNG fuel system faults

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Diagnose LNG fuel system faults

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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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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Inspect vehicle systems and determine preferred repair action

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Carry out vehicle safety/roadworthy inspection

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Carry out advanced diagnostic procedures

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Carry out diagnosis of complex system faults

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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


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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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Prepare a vehicle repair quotation

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Maintain workplace safety

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Promote innovation in a team environment

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Apply first aid

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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Implement and monitor 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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Inspect steering systems

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Inspect 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


    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed AUR20705 Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical Technology, AUR20505 Certificate II in Vehicle Servicing or other relevant qualifications.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR40208 Certificate IV in Automotive Technology or other relevant qualifications.

    Additional qualification advice

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

    Specialisations for this qualification include:


    diesel fitting

    diesel fuel


    engine reconditioning

    forklift mechanical

    gas vehicle

    steering and suspension


    trailer technician (heavy vehicle).

    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 III in Automotive Specialist (specialising in diesel fitting)


    Certificate III in Automotive Specialist (diesel fitting)

    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 for this qualification as identified by the specialist sectors of the automotive industry. 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:


Clearly communicating workplace information and ideas with workplace colleagues (verbal and non-verbal), including use of automotive terms

Completing workplace reports

Using and contributing to workplace procedures

Maintaining workplace records

Communicating with colleagues and clients to handle verbal enquiries, such as clarifying instructions and responding to requests for information

Communicating with people who speak languages other than English and in a cross-cultural context

Interpreting the needs of customers

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation


Identifying and describe own role and role of others

Working within a team

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role to complete activities efficiently to support team activities and tasks

Problem solving

Recognising a workplace problem or a potential problem and take action

Determining problems needing priority action

Referring problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person and suggesting possible causes

Seeking information and assistance as required to solve problems

Using a range of problem-solving techniques

Taking action to resolve concerns

Developing practical responses to common breakdowns in workplace systems and procedures

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new and emerging situations in the workplace

Being proactive and creative in responding to workplace problems, changes and challenges

Planning and organising

Planning own work requirements and prioritising actions to achieve required outcomes and ensure tasks are completed on time

Identifying risk factors and taking action to minimise risk


Selecting and using appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

Recognising limitations and seeking timely advice

Planning own work requirements, setting own work program and managing time to ensure tasks are completed on time

Following workplace documentation, such as codes of practice or operating procedures


Asking questions to gain information

Identifying sources of information, assistance and expert knowledge to expand knowledge, skills and understanding

Participating in self-improvement activities

Participating in development of workplace continuous improvement strategies

Helping others develop competency


Operating diagnostic and test equipment

Performance testing of components, systems and equipment

Using tools and equipment efficiently and safely

Storing and caring for components, parts, tools, test equipment and support equipment

Using business technology to collect, analyse and provide information