Motor vehicle tradespeople

If you work in the motor vehicle repair industry, you should have a clear understanding of your obligations.

Do I need a tradesperson's certificate?

If you’re a tradesperson working in one of these motor vehicle classes below, you need a tradesperson’s certificate, even if you hold a motor vehicle repairer’s License. You must be certified and qualified for all classes of repair work you do.

List of classes

  • automotive electrician
  • body maker
  • compressed natural gas mechanic
  • liquefied natural gas mechanic
  • liquefied petroleum gas mechanic
  • motorcycle mechanic
  • motor mechanic
  • panel beater
  • transmission specialist
  • underbody work, and
  • vehicle painter


If you’re a new applicant for a tradesperson’s certificate, you must have a prescribed Certificate Level III qualification or relevant Higher Education Qualification for the relevant class of repair work.

The Certificate Level III qualifications are based on units of competency from the nationally accredited training packages. These are endorsed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These qualifications are required as it sets the standard to complete repair work with the necessary level of skill and knowledge.

How do I apply for my first certificate?

You can apply for a tradesperson’s certificate online.

Do I need to renew my certificate?

Yes, you need to renew your tradesperson’s certificate every three years.

In 2014, reforms to the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 were introduced meaning tradespeople now need to renew their certificate every 3 years.

This three-yearly renewal period helps to ensure the register is kept up to date and the integrity of the industry and its businesses is maintained.

I've never renewed, is my certificate current?

Yes, for now. But you will need to renew.

Starting from 2014, there was transitional period to allow people time to adjust to the changes.

Then, in June 2018, an extension to the transitional period was granted and everyone who hadn't renewed automatically had their certification reinstated

To check your certificate’s status, you can search the public register.

If you have never renewed, then your status will say ‘expired’ and this means you should renew now.

If you have previously renewed, then the date and status shown on the public register is correct.

Failure to renew your certificate may mean that you have to provide a new application for a tradesperson certificate and meet new qualifications to a Certificate III level.

How do I renew my certificate?

If you have never renewed your certificate

  1. Check your certificate’s status by visiting the public register
  2. If you are expired, download the application for renewal under transitional arrangements form
  3. Lodge the form by emailing it to or by posting to Locked Bag 5138, Parramatta NSW 2124

If you have renewed before

You don't need to do anything until you receive a renewal notice a month prior to your expiry. This will include a renewal transaction number that will enable you to renew online.Or you can download the PDF form and lodge it in person at your nearest Service NSW Centre.

Download and print our poster

To help promote renewing motor vehicle tradesperson certificates in your workplace, you can download and print the A4 poster.

More information

Minor works or repairs exemption

Clause 35 of the Regulation now outlines that minor works or repairs that do not affect the mechanical operation or structure of a vehicle or any vehicle safety features (such as impact sensors and airbags) are not repair work. Any work that meets these requirements does not need to be done by a licensed worker. Go to the accessories and minor repairs guidelines page for a list of non repair work.

Licensing requirements for repair work on heavy vehicles

Repairers of motor vehicles with a mass over 4.5 tonnes (i.e. those covered by the Heavy Vehicle National Law) are regulated under the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 and Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation 2014. This means that a valid tradesperson’s certificate is required to do any repair work on these motor vehicles.

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