Automotive Vocational Preparation

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.

Students undertaking a School Based Traineeship undertake the Automotive Servicing Technology qualification which includes 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.


AUR20720 – Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

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 (see Automotive Servicing Technology page)

The Specialisation is NOT available to non-SBAT students.

HSC Information

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 from the list below 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 student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


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 (RPL)

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.


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

Units of Competency

To be eligible for AUR20720 you must successfully complete 12 units: 7 core, 5 electives:


  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace (Core)
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace (Core)
  • AURAFA103 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace (Core)
  • AURTTA003 Use and maintain basic mechanical measuring devices
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace (Core)
  • AURAFA001 Use numbers in an automotive workplace
  • AURAFA104 Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace (Core)
  • AURLTA101 Identify automotive mechanical systems and components (Core)
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines


  • AURETK001 Identify, select and use low voltage electrical test equipment
  • AURETR103 Identify automotive electrical systems and components (Core)
  • AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURETR115 Inspect, test and service batteries
  • AURTTA127 Carry out basic vehicle servicing operations
  • AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
  • AURLTJ003 Remove and replace wheel and tyre assemblies
Further Study

Apprenticeship, for example in

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

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