“Auto Skills Australia indicates a national shortage of approximately
21,800 skilled people within the automotive industry”

Source: Automotive Environmental Scan 2014 / ASA


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This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks on a variety of diesel engines and associated systems within the automotive retail, service and repair sector.

The target market for this course is international students who hold an appropriate visa and who are seeking to gain skills, knowledge and practice to find employment in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Students are not required to have prior work experience or relevant skills or knowledge in order to enter this course.

Entry Requirements

Students must be over 18 years of age at the time of course commencement.Students must secure an appropriate visa that allows them to study in an Australian Registered Training Organisation prior to course commencement.

Academic Entry Requirements

To gain admission into this course, students must have successfully completed year 11 or secondary studies in their home country equivalent to Australian Year 11*.

(*Subject to the assessment level of that country and the course undertaken there. For more information please visit Ashton College’s website.)

English Language Entry Requirements

International Students applying for this qualification must have a minimum English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 (overall band) or an equivalent exam result recognised by the Department of Home Affairs.

Other equivalent English language proficiency level is deemed one of the following:

Alternatively, student may satisfy the English language entry requirements by fulfilling any of one of the following:

English language test providers

Minimum score Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

5.5 5 4.5
TOEFL internet-based test 46 35


Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)

162 154


Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

42 36


Occupational English Test

B for each test component N/A


Alternatively, students may satisfy the English Language Entry Requirements by fulfilling any of one of the following:

  • In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, the student has completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa;
  • The student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the 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), or a registered post-graduate research course;
  • You are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES);
  • You are a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.

Training Pathway

Students who successfully complete this qualification may progress onto:

  • AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis or other relevant qualifications

Employment Pathway

This qualification may provide entry into employment in the following or related roles:

  • Diesel engine technicians

All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and gain recognition for this.  (Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL).

Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency included in this course with another RTO can apply for Credit Transfer.  (CT)

The CT and RPL application processes are provided to students in pre-enrolment information in accordance with the RPL/ CT policy and procedure.

Prior to enrolment, students are required to complete the enrolment application form and submit supporting documentations to enable Ashton College to assess whether the course is appropriate for their abilities and needs.

Students who have learning needs that cannot be accommodated by Ashton College and/ or do not satisfy the entry requirements will be provided guidance to access an external service/ organisation where they can develop the required level of skills/ support.

Ashton College takes all feasible and reasonable steps to assist students during the course so they can successfully complete the qualification within the course schedule. Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that the participant is not presented with artificial barriers to demonstrating competency in the program of study. Reasonable adjustments may include the use of adaptive technology, educational support, and alternative methods of assessment such as oral assessment. Any adjustments made will be recorded in the student file.

The learning need that forms the basis of any adjustment to the training program will be identified and appropriate strategies will be agreed with the student. Any adjustments will be recorded in the student file.

Pre enrolment information

Ashton College provides information to students’ pre-enrolment on course demands and expectations via the Client Information Handbook and course information available on the Ashton College website. This information also identifies the process for assessing the learner needs during enrolment, the outcomes of assessment and details on how Ashton College supports individual learner needs post enrolment.


Ashton College delivers an orientation to students outlining course requirements, processes, demands, support services and general information prior to course commencement.

Monitoring Course Progress

Ashton College monitors students course progress in accordance with the National Code 2018 Standard 8 and provides assistance if the student is experiencing difficulties and not progressing through their course as per the course schedule.

Ashton College employs a range of support services where appropriate and feasible to support students learning needs during course delivery.

Access to appropriate support services is provided to assist students to successfully complete their course within the scheduled duration.  Ashton College may refer students to external sources if they are unable to sufficiently provide support for students learning needs.

Refer to the Client Support and Completion Within Expected Duration policies and procedures for further details on how Ashton College monitors course progress and supports students to help ensure completion within the expected duration.

Student at Risk

Ashton College has intervention strategies, including student support services available to enable students to complete the qualification in expected time frame.

Students at risk of not completing within this time frame are identified as early as possible from class participation and attendance.

Ashton College meets with all students who are not making satisfactory progress and with their agreement puts in place Intervention strategies to assist in their successful completion of the course.

Ashton College has defined “satisfactory progress” as successfully completing more than 50% of units undertaken in a study period.

Students who do not make satisfactory progress over two consecutive study periods will be reported in accordance with the requirements of the ‘The National Code 2018’.

This process is governed by Ashton College Client Support and Completion within Expected Duration policy and procedures.

Academic Support

Students who are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of their course are encouraged to contact their trainer or other relevant staff.  Our trainers are able to provide academic support to facilitate the successful completion of your course.

LLN Support

Students who are experiencing language, literacy and numeracy difficulties during the course can access support from our trainers.

If the level of support required is outside of what the trainer can provide then Ashton College will arrange a referral to internal LLN support services within the Academic Department.

Welfare Support

We understand that our students sometimes require extra support to help them cope with their training course. Sometimes there can be personal issues that impact their successful course completion.  We can assist students in accessing professional welfare services.  Students who are experiencing personal/ welfare issues that are impacting their studies are encouraged to contact their trainer or other relevant staff.

Students must successfully complete a total of 28 units of competency to achieve the AUR31516 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology qualification.  This comprises of 14 core unit and 14 elective units. The course units are indicated in the table below.

Unit code Unit title Core/Elective
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines Core
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Core
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems Core
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTM004 Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies Core
AURTTM008 Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies Core
AURTTM011 Recondition engine cylinder heads Core
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace Elective
AURAMA001 Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace Elective
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems Elective
AURETR028 Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems Elective
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Elective
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Elective
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems Elective
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems Elective
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems Elective
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems Elective
AURSCA001 Select and supply automotive parts and products Elective
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace Elective

The course is delivered over 72 weeks consisting of 60 weeks tuition and 12 weeks of holidays. Students will participate in nominal(supervised) activities for a total of 1200 hours at 20 hours per week. 60 weeks of tuition is split over six 10-week study periods and students will have five 2-week term breaks plus 2 weeks extra break for Christmas.

Classes are scheduled for 20 hours face to face delivery per week consisting of 8 hours per day for 2 days and 4 hours supervised study per week. In addition, students are expected to undertake 4 hours unsupervised independent study and assessment outside of scheduled class time per week.

During term time students attend scheduled face to face classes and supervised study sessions, where they can get additional support from the trainer. Please refer to the course delivery schedule for further details.

The approximate delivery hours for this course are as follows:

Face to face classes – 60 weeks x 20 hours per week = 1200 hrs

Independent study and assessment outside of class time – 60 weeks x 4 hours per week = 240 hrs

Total course hours: 1200 + 240 = 1440 hours

Classes will consist of groups of between 16 – 20 students.

A face to face delivery mode is employed including classroom training, practical skills training and supervised study. All face to face delivery takes place in the Ashton College training facilities either at:

  • 1/167 Beavers Road, Northcote, VIC 3011 or
  • 10/87 Hallam South Road, Hallam, VIC 3803

Students will be timetabled to attend class at either of the above campus locations. Students will also be supported outside of face to face class time through e-mail and/or telephone.  Trainers will advise students about the delivery schedule.

Some units are delivered stand-alone, and some are clustered together for delivery. An understanding of the relationships between unit subjects is developed throughout the course.

A timetable is given to each student pre-course commencement (at orientation).  Students are provided with an induction to the course to outline the learning and assessment processes, support services and other relevant information during orientation.

Textbooks for the course for will be provided to the student. Students will read relevant sections of the textbooks in preparation for the face to face classes.  Students will attend a face to face classes for each unit at agreed stages throughout the course.  Students may contact their trainer for support/ assistance outside of scheduled face to face contact times.

Not Applicable

Some units are assessed stand-alone and some are clustered for assessment.

Students commence undertaking summative assessment tasks once the relevant teaching/ learning has been completed and they have been provided opportunities for formative assessment.

Students will undertake assessment at either:

  • 1/167 Beavers Road, Northcote, VIC 3011 or
  • 10/87 Hallam South Road, Hallam, VIC 3803

Each unit of competency assessment includes assessment methods in accordance with unit of competency guidelines, principles of assessment and rules of evidence.  Students undertake assessments to demonstrate competence against the assessment criteria in each unit.  Students attempt each assessment in turn until competency is demonstrated against all unit requirements.

Students will be informed of assessment processes and methodologies pre-enrolment and at orientation.  Assessors will provide copies of the assessment tasks in accordance with the assessment schedule and discuss the assessment requirements with each student prior to them attempting each task.

To be assessed as satisfactory for each assessment activity, student responses must be correct answers or reasonably correct answers for any open questions. Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance in each assessment task to be deemed competent in the unit.

Students will be provided with opportunities for re-assessment if they fail to demonstrate competency during assessment tasks.  In certain cases, students may be advised to re-enroll in further training before re-attempting assessments.

Assessment submissions are marked S – Satisfactory or NS – Not Satisfactory and verbal and/or written feedback provided.  Unit results are recorded as C – Competent and NYC – Not Yet Competent.

Assessment methods may include Observation activities involving Demonstration or Role-plays, Short answer questions, Multiple choice questions, Written assessments, Projects and Simulated assessment environments.

Upon successful completion of 28 units of competency, students will be issued an AUR31516 Certificate III in Diesel Engine Technology and Record of results that indicates the units successfully completed. Students who successfully complete some but not all of the units of competency in the course they will be issued a Statement of Attainment indicating the units they have successfully completed.


Tim Donohoe
Tim DonohoeAutomotive Trainer