AUR32416 - Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Recognise your experience

If you already have industry experience, then utilising Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to turn your existing skills into a nationally recognised qualification is an ideal way of achieving industry accreditation while broadening your career opportunities.

As this is not a course, you do not need to complete the units listed below. Instead, you simply need to prove that you’re competent in the units shown. Our Facilitators will help make this process as easy and smooth as possible for you. 

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$2,800* $9,000 $6,200

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* RPL cost includes all assessment services and issue of your nationally recognised qualification.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

Total number of units = 30 

17  core units, plus

13  elective units, of which:

  • up to 13  units may be chosen from the Elective Units listed below
  • up to 5  units may be chosen from a Certificate II qualification or above in this Training Package or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided that the units chosen contribute to the vocational outcome of this qualification and do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.


Core Units 


Unit code 

Unit title 


Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace


Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions


Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace


Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces


Mask vehicle panels and components


Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use


Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes


Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces


Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing


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


Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components


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


Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces


De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces


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


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


Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates


Elective Units 


Unit code 

Unit title 


Read and respond to automotive workplace information


Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace


Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace


Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles


Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles


Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles


Prepare vehicles for customer use


Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures


Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles


Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components


Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures


Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs


Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage


Apply vehicle body film wrapping


Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment


Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components


Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials


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


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


Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels


Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels


Provide work skill instruction



This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

This qualification does not require any licensing.

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

  • Get Qualified Australia Trades Academy - Provider Code 41068

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