AUR30320 – Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Course Overview

The AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology reflects the role of individuals who service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in vehicles in the automotive electrical service and repair industry.
Entry Requirements
Core Units
Elective Units
Intake Dates
Course Info
RPL & Credit Transfer

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements as per the qualification details or training package. Perspective students entering this course at Paragon Polytechnic must meet the following entry requirements:


Age requirements

Students must be a minimum age of 18 years or above at the time of course commencement.


Academic Requirements

Satisfactorily complete a minimum of Year 12 or equivalent (subject to the assessment and approval of the Paragon Polytechnic’s admission team).


English Language Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of completion of the International English Language Testing system (IELTS Test), either Academic (A) or General (G) band 6 overall, or its equivalent completed within 2 years from the application date.

  • The completion of IELTS Academic or General band 5.5 and 10 weeks of ELICOS
  • The completion of IELTS Academic or General band 5.0 and 20 weeks of ELICOS


International students who can prove one of the following criteria are not required to demonstrate their English entry requirements as listed above:

  • A minimum five (5) years of study in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain, America, South Africa or Ireland.
  • Being a citizen of, and a passport issued by the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Completed in Australia (within the past 2 years) in English a substantial component (at least 70%) of a qualification at AQF level 4 or higher.
  • Successfully completed in Australia (within the past 2 years) the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education in English.
  • Completed an ELICOS program from a CRICOS institution and achieved an upper intermediate English level or equivalent within 2 years from the application date or its equivalent.


International Students DHA requirements:

Applicants must also provide documentation according to Department of Home Affair (DHA) requirements. For further information on student visa assessment level and documentation, visit Department of Home Affairs’ website at:


Pre-training review

All learners will undertake a pre-training review to determine suitability for the course and student needs. The aim of the review is to identify their training needs through questions on previous education or training, relevance of the course to the applicant, and relevant experience. The Pre-training review will also aim to identify any support needs and possible RPL opportunities.

Through the pre-training review, learners will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to successfully complete the course.

Paragon Polytechnic will identify any such barriers presented by learners during the pre-training review and provide required support and reasonable adjustment where possible.


Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment

Learners may be required to complete an LLN assessment prior to the commencement of the course. – it is a diagnostic process to identify if a prospective student requires LLN support during study.


Hardware/Software requirements

Paragon Polytechnic will provide access to computers/laptops during classroom hours, however for learners to work on assessments tasks and self-study all learners are expected to have access to a laptop , computer or other device with Internet access at their own cost.

Note: Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.


Physical requirements

Applicants will need to have physical attributes suitable for working in the automotive industry that encompasses manual handling of equipment including lifting and carrying heavy objects within scope of safe working practices.

Core Units

21 Units
Unit Code
Unit Title
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
Solder electrical wiring and circuits
Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
Repair wiring harnesses and looms
Install ancillary electronic systems and components
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
Diagnose and repair charging systems
Diagnose and repair starting systems
Diagnose and repair ignition systems
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
Inspect and service engines

Elective units

11 Units
Unit Code
Unit Title
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace​
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace​
Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems​
Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems​
Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems​
Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines​
Carry out servicing operations​
Inspect and service braking systems​
Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace​
Diagnose and repair cooling systems​
Inspect and service automatic transmissions​

Intake Dates 2024

08th January

12nd February

08th April

13th May

08th July

12nd August

07th October

11th November

For further enquiries please enquire with our marketing team.

Qualification Pathways

After successfully AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, students may apply for:

AUR40620 Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology


Course Info

Face-to-face delivery:

This program will be delivered in the classroom. Practical face-to-face training will be provided in an automotive workshop.

Delivery site:

Campus Delivery: Suite 2, Level 6, 250 Collins Street Melbourne 3000

Practical Kitchen: Unit 5, 60 Stubbs St, Kensington VIC 3031

Course duration:

The program will be delivered over 68 weeks (holiday inclusive) with 20 contact hours per week which includes theory education in the classroom and practical training in the fully equipped workshop facility in accordance with a structured approach which meets the requirements of the qualification. There is also an online support session of four hours per week.

Besides the above-structured learning, students are advised to do appropriately 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

RPL & Credit Transfer

Learners may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in their chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training (RPL- Recognition of Prior Learning, or Credit Transfer). The granting of course credit may affect course fees as well as the duration of the course.

This process is outlined in Paragon Polytechnic’s Student Admission and Enrolment Policy and Procedures.

If students have previously completed a unit with the same unit code or unit title as in the student’s new course, students may request for a Credit Transfer and they may not have to repeat that unit. Students will need to complete a credit transfer application form and provide a certified copy of the transcript or of the statement of attainment displaying the unit of competency. There is a fee for this process. International students’ applications for credit transfer must be made prior to or at the beginning of the commencement of the course.

Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if they can demonstrate that their work and life experiences match one or more of the units in which they have enrolled. They must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the skills and knowledge equivalent to the learning outcomes of the unit/s. Evidence that demonstrates this achievement may be through a portfolio of evidence. Applications for RPL must be made prior to the commencement of the course – please enquire now if you wish to apply. There is a fee for consideration of RPL applications. For more information, refer to the Assessment Policy.

Why study this course?

Specialised Skills​
The AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical equips students with specialised skills in automotive electrical systems. From diagnosing electrical faults to repairing electronic components, graduates gain expertise essential for success in the automotive industry.​
Industry Demand​
With the increasing complexity of automotive technology, there's a growing demand for qualified automotive electrical technicians. By studying this certificate, students position themselves for lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, including automotive repair shops, dealerships, and specialised service centres.​
Career Advancement​
Completing the AUR30320 Certificate III opens doors to career advancement opportunities. Whether aspiring to become a certified automotive electrician or pursuing further education in automotive engineering, this qualification serves as a solid foundation for long-term career growth and development.​
Job Roles

Potential job outcomes upon completion of this course:

Light vehicle mechanical technician

Good helping trainers and are supportive
Yogesh Nand
Certificate III in Automotive Electrical-Student

Course Information

Cricos Code:
Mode of Delivery:
Face to Face
68 Weeks (inc. holidays)
Tuition Fee:
Enrolment Fee:
Material Fee:
Next Intake:
August 2024

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