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Study to be an 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

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, diagnose faults and repair electrical and computer based equipment in cars. Graduates of this course may find work in the automotive repair garages, dealerships and even in the mining industry.

Graduates will be 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 industty.
  • Using electrical equipment to locate electronic problems.
  • Install electrical equipment.
  • Replace defective parts.

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Course Duration

24 months

Intake Dates

January and July


Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne


From $8,500 – $10,000 per year

The Course Details

Graduate Outcome

Potential Job Forecast: 

  • Full time automotive electricians earn an average of $1247.00 per week
  • The average hours worked by a motor mechanic in Australia are 45.9 per week.
  • Automotive electricians can work independently or be part of a larger company.
  • Employment for this occupation rose strongly in the past five years and rose strongly in the long term.
  • Automotive electricians have a very high proportion of full time jobs (93.6%).

    Common Course Requirements

    1. Must have graduated year 12 in home country.
    2. Must have a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5
    3. This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

    Interview with Martina

    Martina from Italy is in her second semester studying the Cert III of Automotive Electrical at TAFE QLD – Gold Coast. If you wish to learn more about Martina’s experience studying at TAFE, then click on the link below.

    Education Pathways

    On completion of this course students will be a qualified 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 qualification 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 do obtain a positive skills assessment without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area. Below are some steps that may allow you to go down this pathway:

    Note: It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.

    Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

    Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and includes 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 360 hours 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 Job Ready Program

    The benefits 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 an 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 videoon the Job Ready Program helpful.

    Step 4: Apply for 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 may able to apply for general skilled migration visas.

    If eligible, the general skilled migration visas do 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 points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

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