Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Automotive Electrician

The automotive repair industry in Australia is strong. Cars are becoming more technologically advanced and there is now considerable room for growth within the industry. Currently, there is a demand in Australia for qualified automotive electricians.

Automotive Electrician is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

By undertaking the Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology students will gain the experience and knowledge that is required to work in the automotive electrical service and repair industry. Throughout this course students will learn how to service, repair and diagnose all electrical problems.

You will be trained to install, maintain, and diagnose faults and repair electrical and computer-based equipment in cars. Graduates of this course may find work in automotive repair garages, dealerships and even in the mining industry.

Graduates will be a qualified tradesperson in the automotive electrical industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of automotive electrical including:

  • Repairing and replacing faulty electrical wiring.
  • Industry standard maintenance and service procedures.
  • Workplace health and safety standards.
  • How to use the tools and equipment used in the industry.
  • Using electrical equipment to locate electronic problems.
  • Install electrical equipment.
  • Replace defective parts.

1. Students need to be at least 18 years old.
2. Academic requirement: Completion of Australian Year 10 OR overseas equivalent.
3. Present English language proficiency evidence

      • IELTS, PTE, etc. (IELTS: 6.0 overall – no band less than 5.5; OR equivalent). The test result must be valid within 2 years at the time of the visa application.
      • Some Education Institutions offer an in-house English Placement Test that you can take to meet the English entry requirements.
      • Exemptions apply if:
        – you are a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
        – you are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
        – you have completed at least 5 years of study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.

Graduate Outcome

  • Full-time automotive electricians earn an average of $1400.00 per week.
  • The average hours worked by a motor mechanic in Australia are 48 per week.
  • Automotive electricians can work independently or be part of a larger company.
  • Automotive electricians have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (90%).
Course Details

Price (per year)

$5 000 - $10 000


12-24 months


Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney



Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years of unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people with no experience to have their skills assessed. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

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Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university graduates and certain vocational graduates the chance to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished.

Education Pathways

On completion of this course, students will be qualified as an Automotive Electrician in Australia.

Automotive Electrician (321111) is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List. Students may be eligible to apply for work visas upon completion of this course such as temporary graduate visas, employer sponsored visas or general skilled migration visas.

The skills assessment for Automotive Electrician is delivered through Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

The current education requirement to obtain a positive skills assessment is Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology. If you undertake this course and participate in the job ready program you may even be able to obtain a positive skills assessment without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area.

Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and include the Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology.

  • Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology (24 months)

Step 2: Receive the Temporary Graduate Visa

By studying for 2 years and undertaking a 360 hour of vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for the temporary graduate visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.

Step 3: Participate in the Job Ready Program

The benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program, you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified Automotive Electrician.

Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a lot higher chance of finding employment, as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Step 4: Apply for a General Skilled Migration Visas

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as an Automotive Electrician you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for a general skilled migration visa.

If eligible, the general skilled migration visa does not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the required points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

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If you’re thinking of becoming an Automotive Electrician and wondering whether as an international student, you can undertake an apprenticeship in Australia, the straightforward answer is no.

International students can instead enroll in a comprehensive 24-month vocational course to acquire Automotive Electrician qualifications. The course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen profession.

If you’re curious and excited to learn more, our Educational Course guide provides extensive insights about the vocational courses available. To help make the study decision easier, we’ve also collated essential resources in our helpful guide for international students studying in Australia.

Once you’re ready to take the plunge and start your journey to becoming an Automotive Electrician, our simple and swift enrollment process comes to your aid. And remember, our team at Pathway To Aus is always here to assist you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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