The Vocational Preparation qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of tasks related to inspecting and performing minor repairs on mechanical and electrical components and systems of cars.

If undertaking a School Based Traineeship, the Automotive Servicing Technology qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of servicing operations on light vehicles, heavy vehicles and/or motorcycles within an automotive service or repair business.

Available at these schools


AUR20716 – Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
AUR20516 – Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (This qualification is available to SBATs only, who are required to undertake an additional 120 hour Specialisation Study.)

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years.
It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Automotive and achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.
School Based Trainees are required to undertake an additional 120 hour Specialisation Study.


An additional 120 hour Specialisation course must be undertaken by SBAT students to achieve the full Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology. The Specialisation is NOT available to non-SBAT students.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.
Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for AUR20716 you must successfully complete 12 units: 7 core, 5 electives:


  • AURAEA002
    Apply environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA002
    Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURAFA003
    Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTK002
    Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURLTA001
    Identify automotive mechanical systems and components
  • AURETR003
    Identify automotive electrical systems and components
  • AURAFA004
    Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace


Electives may include: (Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • AURTTE004
    Inspect and service engines
  • AURAFA001
    Use numbers in an automotive workplace
  • AURAFA002
    Read and respond to automotive workplace information
  • AURTTA027
    Carry out basic vehicle servicing operations
  • AURLTJ003
    Remove and replace wheel and tyre assemblies
  • AURTTA003
    Use and maintain basic mechanical measuring devices
  • AURETR015
    Inspect, test and service batteries
  • AURETK001
    Inspect, select and use low voltage electrical test equipment
  • AURETR006
    Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURTTC001
    Inspect and service cooling systems


Students who sign into an Automotive Traineeship SBT will be given a copy of their individual Training Plan identifying the units to be studied at school as part of their 240hr and Specialisation courses to achieve AUR20516. This will include most of the above units and the following:

  • AURATA011
    Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
  • AURTTA004
    Carry out servicing operations
  • AURLTJ003
    Remove, inspect and refit light vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
  • AURTTE004
    Service final drive assemblies
  • AURTTQ003
    Service final drive (shafts)
  • AURETR012
    Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR025
    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump start vehicles
  • AURTTA009
    Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
  • AURTTB001
    Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTD002
    Inspect and service steering systems
  • AURTTD004
    Inspect and service suspension systems

Career Information

Job Roles

  • Trades assistant
  • Vehicle service assistant
  • Automotive service assistant
  • Trainee serviceperson
  • Automotive trainee

Duties and Tasks

Light vehicle motor mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • Discuss problems with car drivers or vehicle operators to discover faults
  • Listen to engines, fit and operate special test equipment, and test-drive vehicles
  • Repair or replace worn or faulty parts by removing assemblies such as engines, transmissions, differentials or steering gear systems; dismantling them and checking parts, referring to manuals as necessary
  • Reassemble, test, clean and adjust repaired or replaced parts or assemblies, using various instruments to make sure they are working properly and putting them back into the vehicle
  • Tune engines using special electronic equipment and make fine adjustments (to carburettors, for example) for smoother running
  • Carry out minor body and trim repairs
  • Diagnose, repair and replace engine management and fuel injection components
  • Use oxy, electric, tig and mig welders
  • Test and repair electrical systems such as lighting, instrumentation, ignition and electronic fuel injection
  • Inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or list the work required before a certificate can be issued

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Able to work with hand tools
  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Normal eyesight and hearing
  • Drivers licence essential


Apprenticeship, for example in

  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Relevant automotive qualifications.

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