Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

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Meets the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
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About pre-apprenticeship courses

This course is available to study as a pre-apprenticeship. A pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get a feel for the industry before committing to an apprenticeship.

Some pre-apprenticeships can help reduce the length of a formal apprenticeship. This only applies to selected courses approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). To find out if this applies to your pre-apprenticeship contact your training provider.

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The courses shown on the Victorian Skills Gateway website are regulated qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or short training programs made up of units of competency from regulated qualifications.

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Unit title
Unit type
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Read and respond to automotive workplace information
Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace
Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Prepare vehicles for customer use
Inspect vehicle paint, trim and accessories and recommend repair procedures
Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
Remove paint from vehicle painted surfaces
Mask vehicle panels and components
Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
Apply vehicle body film wrapping
Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
Apply solid acrylic two-pack materials to vehicle components
Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
Colour match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
Match direct gloss solid paint colour on vehicles or components
Rectify and touch up vehicle direct gloss paint faults using two-pack systems
Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems
Prepare and paint plastic and composite vehicle surfaces
De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
Apply clear over base multi-layer and pearl refinishing materials to vehicle body components
Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
Apply basic airbrush techniques to vehicle body panels
Carry out custom painting techniques to vehicle body panels
Provide work skill instruction
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