About the course

About the course

The VCE VET Automotive program is the industry endorsed program for secondary school students aiming to enter a career in the automotive industry. This training covers the skills and knowledge required to perform minor maintenance and repair of an automotive vehicle.

Topics covered will include the use of workplace tools and equipment, servicing and inspection of engines, transmissions, cooling, fuel, steering, suspension and braking systems, identifying automotive faults, effective workplace communication and customer relation skills.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 8:30am to 12:30pm - Year 1 only

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:30pm

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12.


After successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies in an apprenticeship in Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR30616).

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Career Outcomes

This course will give you employment opportunities to start your career as an automotive apprentice.

This qualification may also give you the skills to enter the workforce in the bicycle, marine, motorcycle, heavy vehicle and outdoor power equipment areas.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of two units at Units 1 and 2, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four)
  • The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Further information can be found on the VTAC website
  • The VCE VET Automotive program does not offer scored assessment

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA strongly recommends 80 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required. Students will be advised of the details of PPE requirements in a welcome letter.

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