Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology – AUR32512

An Underbody Technician will primarily carry out minor and major vehicle servicing as well as fault diagnosing and repairing braking, steering and suspension systems.

This qualification lends itself particularly to the inspection, service and repair of all passenger Light vehicle and 4WD tyres, rims and associated components.

Career Opportunities

With your trade qualification in hand, you could work for a wide range of companies across Australia in interesting locations and work environments. As a qualified underbody technician your role could vary from being part of a team for a large workshop to working for a small business.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate.

What will I study?

Certificate III apprenticeships are completed within 36 – 48 months with assessment conducted on the job by an OCT trainer on a regular and agreed schedule.

Alternatively, Australian School-based Apprenticeships are available for students in Year II and Year 12 who would like to gain a vocational and technical qualification while completing school studies. Training and assessment requirements are determined in consultation with the student, their school and employer.

Can I apply?

You are eligible to apply for this course if you are 15 or older and one of the following: are a high school student, employed in the field, or have been offered an apprenticeship.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Credit transfers may be available into related certificate III courses. Further opportunities in the automotive industry may include certificate IV or diploma courses.

Course Units

Code Unit of Competence Core/Elective
AURAEA3003 Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in the automotive mechanical industry Core
AURASA2002 Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURLTB3003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems Core
AURLTD3004 Repair steering systems (light vehicle) Core
AURLTD3005 Repair suspension systems (light vehicle) Core
AURLTJ2001 Select tyres and rims for specific applications (light) Core
AURLTJ2002 Remove, inspect, repair and fit tyres and tubes (light) Core
AURLTJ2003 Remove, inspect, and refit light vehicle wheel assemblies Core
AURLTQ3002 Repair final drive – driveline (light vehicle) Core
AURTTA3018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTJ2001 Balance wheels and tyres Core
AURTTK2002 Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment Core
AURTTZ2002 Repair exhaust system components Core
AURAFA2003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace Elective
AURETR2012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Elective
AURETR3025 Test, charge and replace batteries Elective
AURETR3036 Service and repair electronically controlled suspension systems Elective
AURLTD3006 Carry out wheel alignment operations (light vehicle) Elective
AURLTX3003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems Elective
AURTTB2001 Inspect and service braking systems Elective
AURTTD2002 Inspect and service steering systems Elective
AURTTD2004 Inspect and service suspension systems Elective
AURTTQ2003 Service final drive (driveline) Elective
AURTTX2005 Inspect and service clutch systems Elective
AURETR3032 Repair electrical systems Elective
AURETR3029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Elective
AURTTA2004 Carry out servicing operations Elective
AURTTA3018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Elective

Study Options

Option 1: Workplace Based

Our Trainer Assessor will conduct all teaching and assessment at your place of work, this is available to both Appreciates and Full Fee students. Please note: If your workplace doesn’t have the required scope of work for a particular unit of competency we can conduct the training and assessment at our campus.


 Option 2: Classroom Training

All your learning and assessment for each of the units is delivered in a classroom environment with other students (classroom training requires a minimum of 5 students).


Option 3: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you’ve had lots of experience in this industry (or similar), you may be eligible for RPL.


Recognition of Prior Learning means that you don’t require the training but rather you need to be assessed on each unit. You will need to draw on all of your past experiences so that you can demonstrate that you have already acquired the knowledge and skills.