Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

National Code: AUR32116
TAFE SA Code: TP00917


By undertaking an Apprenticeship in this course you will learn how to repair and replace damaged panels and bodywork on passenger cars, truck, buses and other vehicles. As a panel beater you provide an important role in the repair of a vehicle after an accident.

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Up to 48 months 

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered in Semester 1, 2020. This may result in delivery changes to your course for Semester 2, 2020. If any changes are made, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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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 $320.00 for Personal protective equipment and stationery. Organic vapour respirator (if doing either fibreglass or painting)..

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

    Possible job roles include Panelbeater, Heavy Vehivle Body and Chassis Repair Technician and Vehicle Body Restorian Technician.

    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 Automotive Body Repair Technology (AUR32116)
    While the traditional skills of panel repairs, welding, metal shaping and forming are incorporated in the course, the specialised areas of major structural damage repairs, welding of aluminium and high-strength steels, use of computerised chassis aligners and the techniques of bonded panels and composite materials are also covered. These skills are also used in specialised areas of the body repair industry which deal with the restoration and modification of historic, classic and modified vehicles. 16 core units plus 14 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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 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
    Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs 20
    Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections 30
    Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections 20
    Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25
    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20
    Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures 40
    Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions 20
    Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles 50
    Remove and store vehicle body components 20
    Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components 90
    Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles 40
    Repair vehicle body misalignment 50
    Repair vehicle body panels using filler 35
    Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components 80
    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs 40
    Carry out oxyacetylene brazing of components 30
    Carry out spot welding 20
    Carry out thermoplastic welding on vehicle trim components 30
    Carry out vehicle sectional repairs 80
    Identify and repair high strength steel vehicle components 40
    Remove and install vehicle fixed body glass 15
    Repair and replace vehicle structural damage 30
    Repair corroded vehicle body panels and components 60
    Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler 30
    Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing 35
    Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components 30
    Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems 20
    Solder electrical wiring and circuits 20
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