Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

National Code: AUR30716
TAFE SA Code: TP00915


Become a qualified Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Technician with this nationally accredited apprenticeship. Learn how to service and repair outdoor power equipment such as rotary hoes, chainsaws, line trimmers, boring tools, post hole diggers, reciprocating saws, mowers, small engines, and other power tools. Develop your technical skills and industry knowledge and be career ready for the outdoor power equipment sector. With skilled labour shortages continuing this is a great investment in your future. Learn it. Work it. Study with us.

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48 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

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    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks in the outdoor power equipment retail, service and repair industry.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology (AUR30716)
    This course covers workplace safety, rotary cutting systems, chainsaw cutting systems, line trimming systems, post boring systems, service pumping systems, diagnostic procedures and maintaining tools and equipment. 15 core units plus 21 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out diagnostic procedures 20
    Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines 30
    Diagnose and repair pumping systems 30
    Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25
    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20
    Inspect and service line trimming systems and components 8
    Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines 20
    Inspect and service pumping systems 20
    Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines 40
    Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems 25
    Service and repair post boring systems 13
    Service and repair post hole digging systems 15
    Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems 13
    Service and repair rotary cutting systems 8
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections 30
    Carry out manual excavation 8
    Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30
    Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems 50
    Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems 80
    Diagnose and repair charging systems 30
    Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
    Diagnose and repair exhaust systems 10
    Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems 60
    Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions 40
    Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30
    Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60
    Diagnose and repair starting systems 30
    Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20
    Inspect and service steering systems 10
    Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems 40
    Prepare vehicles for customer use 20
    Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40
    Service and repair drum cutting systems 25
    Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40
    Test and service 240 volt portable generators 10
    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
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