Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis (National Code AUR40216/CRICOS Code 097146B)


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform advanced diagnostic tasks in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

This course is designed for international students who will be involved in classroom training in a full time capacity to gain the qualification. These students may come from different countries and cultural backgrounds and must hold a valid student visa.

Qualification Rules

Students need to complete 10 units of competency in total, following the guidelines as outlined in the AUR Training Package Qualifications Rules, which require:

    • 1 core unit plus
    • 9 elective units

Please note: All the elective units have been selected by the college through an extensive consultative process with industry partners and they have been identified to provide knowledge and skills appropriate for the industry. The full list of units can be found in AUR Training Package and are made available for all AAIC training staff and students to review. The units offered by AAIC are listed as below:

Unit Code Unit Name Core / Elective
AURTTA021 Diagnose complex system faults Core
AURETR037 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle safety systems Elective
AURLTB104 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle braking systems Elective
AURLTD109 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle steering and suspension systems Elective
AURLTE104 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle petrol engines Elective
AURLTE105 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle diesel engines Elective
AURLTX104 Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle automatic transmission and driveline systems Elective
AURTTA125 Diagnose complex faults in vehicle integrated stability control systems Elective
AURTTR101 Diagnose complex faults in engine management systems Elective
AURAEA004 Manage environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Elective


AAIC will deliver this qualification over a 26-week period. This will consist of scheduled 24 student Contact Hours (SCH) per week for 22 weeks (528 hours) allowing for 4 week breaks. This takes into account Public holiday periods such as Christmas & Easter, and School holiday breaks. Students will be required to undergo 192 hours of work placement as arranged by AAIC in order to gain the qualification.

Delivery Methods

This program is delivered through class room based face-to-face training, including simulated individual or group exercises in theory classes, practical sessions are delivered in the automotive workshop facilities and work placement is within industry. The trainer will provide any additional learning material where gaps are identified in either the student’s underpinning knowledge or the training resources.

Assessment Methods

Student will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Assessment will usually commence in the session following delivery or as advised by the trainer. As this is a competency based program, assessment continues throughout the program until the student either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

The assessment process may include:

    • Written Assessment
    • Practical Task
    • Observation of performance
    • Project
    • Assignment
    • Work Placement /Third Party Report

Employment Pathway

Students are provided with advice on employment and training options throughout the delivery of the program. Job roles and titles may vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    • Automotive Electrician
    • Automotive Electrical Master Technician, Automotive Electrical Workshop Manager/Service Manager, Automotive Electrical Workshop Technical Service Advisor, Automotive Electrical Technician.

(AAIC does not guarantee an employment outcome, licence, or accreditation at the completion of this qualification).

Pathways for Further Studies

After achieving the AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, students may choose to undertake AUR50216 Diploma of Automotive Technology or other relevant qualifications.

International Student’s Entry Requirements

Entry into this program requires International Students to fulfill requirements as listed below:

  • Must be 18 years of age or over
  • Must have complete AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or equivalent.
  • Completed year 12 (HSC or equivalent)
  • Minimum 6.0 IELTS score or equivalent in PTE, TOEFL, OET and Cambridge English.


Theory: AAIC Campus, Level 1, 135 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Practical: 24 Dundee Avenue, Holden Hill SA 5088

Delivery Mode

Classroom based, Practical work at an Automotive Workshop and Work placement as arranged by AAIC


Tuition Fee $ 6000
One Time Application Fees $250 (Non-Refundable)
Text Books & Material Fees $0
Single Overseas Student Health Cover $ 550 per Annum Approximately
Family Overseas Student Health Cover $ 5000 per Annum Approximately

Intake Dates

Intake dates for Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis AUR40216
2024 session

8/1/2024 7/7/2024
29/1/2024 28/7/2024
5/2/2024 4/8/2024
1/4/2024 29/9/2024
22/4/2024 20/10/2024
6/5/2024 3/11/2024
24/6/2024 22/12/2024
8/7/2024 5/1/2025
5/8/2024 2/2/2025
30/9/2024 30/3/2025
14/10/2024 13/4/2024
28/10/2024 27/4/2025
4/11/2024 4/5/2025
23/12/2024 22/6/2025

Scheduled breaks

2023: 11/12/2023 to 24/12/2023;
2024: 18/3/2024 to 31/3/2024; 10/6/2024 to 23/6/2024; 16/9/2024 to 29/9/2024; 9/12/2024 to 22/12/2024
2025: 17/3/2025 to 30/3/2025; 9/6/2025 to 22/6/2025

*Official timetable included in the Offer Letter