Classes of repair work

Tradesperson certificates allow you to do repair work on a motor vehicle. The certificates are granted based on the different classes of repair work that are performed. There are 12 separate classes of repair work:

Class

Description

Automotive electrician

Installs or repairs electrical equipment, systems or circuits in motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Body maker

Makes or motor vehicle bodies (other than in the course of manufacturing new motor vehicles) or repairs motor vehicle bodies.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations—Bus, Truck and Trailer, being part of the Automotive Manufacturing Training Package.

Compressed natural gas mechanic

Installs or repairs compressed natural gas equipment in motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Alternative Fuel Technology, including the CNG specialist elective units from the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Liquefied natural gas mechanic

Installs or repairs liquefied natural gas equipment in motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Alternative Fuel Technology, including the LNG specialist elective units from the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Liquefied petroleum gas mechanic

Installs or repairs liquefied petroleum gas equipment in motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Alternative Fuel Technology, including LPG specialist elective units from the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Motorcycle mechanic

Repairs the engines or transmissions or the fuel, induction, exhaust, electrical, steering, suspension, cooling or braking systems, or remove or replace wheels or tyres, of motorcycles only.

Qualification: Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Motor mechanic

Repairs the engines or transmissions or the fuel, induction, exhaust, electrical, steering, suspension, cooling or braking systems of motor vehicles.

Qualification, either:

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package, or
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology, being part of the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package

Panel beater

Repairs the structural components, frames or panels of motor vehicles.

Qualification: A Certificate III qualification is not required, so long as the work is being done at a licensed premises and the work is only done on trailers or caravans.

Trailer and caravan mechanic

Repairs the underbody of a trailer or towable recreation vehicle

Qualification: A Certificate III qualification is not required, so long as the work is being done at a licensed premises and the work is only done on trailers or caravans.

Transmission specialist

Repairs the gears, clutches, drive shafts and differentials of motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Drivetrain Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Underbody work

Repairs underbody systems of motor vehicles, including brake equipment or systems, exhaust systems or steering or suspension systems, but does not include mechanical systems or electrical equipment, systems or circuits.

Qualification, either:

  • Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package, or
  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package

Vehicle painter

Paints motor vehicles.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology, being part of the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

Previous tradesperson certificate holders

If you’ve held a tradesperson’s certificate for a class of repair work (above), the tradesperson’s certificate is accepted as meeting the qualification requirement.

Repairers of caravans and trailers

All businesses that specialise in underbody repairs on trailers or towable recreation vehicles are required to be licensed as a repairer under the Act. However, the people doing the repair work do not need to have a tradesperson’s certificate so long as the work is being done at the place of business of the licensed repairer and the work is only done on trailers or towable recreation vehicles. While a repairer licence is not required to work on the living area of a caravan, this work is regulated under other existing laws (e.g. electrical wiring work).

Why are repairers of trailers or towable recreation vehicles not required to get a tradesperson certificate?

Under the Act, there are minimum qualification requirements to be able to get a tradesperson certificate. These are based on nationally accredited qualifications endorsed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). There is no single nationally accredited qualification for repair work on both trailers and towable recreation vehicles that could form the basis of a tradesperson certificate. Most of the repairs done on trailers and towable recreation vehicles could fit within many classes of repair work, which would be very costly for the repairer to have to get a tradesperson certificate in multiple repair classes to undertake the repairs.

Businesses that contract to do work on trailers and towable recreation vehicles are required to be licensed. Licensees must also make sure that repair work is done with due care and skill under the consumer guarantees of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Other vehicle repairs exempt from the Act

A licence is not required to work on:

  • vehicles not acquired for the transport of goods or passengers on public roads
  • vehicles that are not capable of being registered in NSW.
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