Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

National Code: AUR30816
TAFE SA Code: TP00916


Automotive motorcycle mechanics service and repair the mechanical parts of motorbikes, such as the engine, transmission and the suspension system. By undertaking an Apprenticeship in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology you will work on a range of different motorcycles including touring and sports bikes, racing motorcycles, dirt bikes, scooters, three-wheelers and quads. Skills and knowledge gained will enable you to be able to recognise and diagnose faults effectively, decide a course of action to correct the fault and carry out the work efficiently. The basic desire and ability to keep up-to-date with changes in technology is a vital prerequisite for the modern automotive motorcycle mechanic.

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Up to 48 months 

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

This course also has an incidentals cost of $250.00 for Personal protective equipment and stationery.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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    Payment Plan

    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 on a variety of motorcycles in the automotive 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 Motorcycle Mechanical Technology (AUR30816)
    This course covers workplace safety, electrical circuits, engine management systems, batteries and jump-starting, ignition systems, braking systems, suspension systems, steering systems, motorcycle engines, diagnostic procedures and maintaining tools and equipment. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 24 core units and 12 elective units.

    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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of 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 units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out diagnostic procedures 20
    Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems 50
    Diagnose and repair charging systems 30
    Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
    Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle braking systems 40
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle clutch systems 30
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle driveline systems 20
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle engines 60
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle manual transmissions 40
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle steering systems 25
    Diagnose and repair motorcycle suspension systems 25
    Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60
    Diagnose and repair starting 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 braking systems 20
    Inspect and service drive shafts 5
    Inspect and service engines 20
    Inspect and service final drive assemblies 5
    Inspect and service petrol fuel systems 25
    Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40
    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Balance wheels and tyres 10
    Carry out basic gas metal arc welding 20
    Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30
    Carry out servicing operations 20
    Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems 80
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems 20
    Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems 40
    Remove, inspect and refit motorcycle wheel and tyre assemblies 20
    Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40
    Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives 10
    Test engines using a dynamometer 40
    Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace 15
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