Automotive Electrical Technology Cert IV


1 year




Automotive Electrical Technology Cert IV – AUR40612

(Release 1)

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components as a master diagnostic technician on vehicles in the automotive service and repair industry. A range of advanced electrical diagnostic skills and knowledge is necessary and leadership and supervision of others would be expected.

Job roles and employment outcomes 

The Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology is a post-trade level qualification in the automotive body repair industry.

It is designed for a master diagnostic technician and covers a range of specialised functions in the electrical repair industry.

Job roles related to this qualification include:

  • automotive electrical workshop manager or service manager
  • automotive workshop technical service adviser
  • automotive master diagnostic technician.


This qualification is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed AUR30312 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology in this Training Package or other relevant qualifications.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR50112 Diploma of Automotive Management or other relevant qualifications.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements, depending on the work context. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Entry Requirements 

Those undertaking Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology are required to have completed an automotive AUR30312 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills as identified by the automotive industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


  • understanding input from specialist personnel and technical representatives
  • providing guidance to others and clearly describing faults, problems and repair requirements
  • negotiating with other team members or supervisors regarding timing and progress of work activities and access to equipment
  • understanding and interpreting regulations, procedures, instructions and repair manuals
  • interpreting wiring diagrams and system schematics, and reading drawings relating to repair activities
  • using computers to obtain technical data and complete documentation
  • articulating complex ideas clearly
  • interpreting a range of complex and technical documents
  • analysing and evaluating records, reports and reference materials
  • understanding relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language


  • performing tasks as an individual while being responsive to supervisors and others
  • working effectively with others who may be of different ages, gender, race, religion and political persuasions
  • assisting other team members with tasks and providing advice on work processes and troubleshooting
  • seeking expert advice where appropriate
  • supporting team members in developing skills and knowledge
  • working in own role to support team activities
  • identifying and using the strengths of other team members

Problem solving 

  • identifying problems in a timely manner and developing practical solutions to problems or faults not fully covered by technical data
  • responding to emergencies or accidents according to regulatory and organisational requirements
  • identifying possible solutions for improving environmental and resource-efficient work practices
  • using mathematical techniques to relate diagnostic/test results to system or component performance and converting values between systems of measurement
  • finding, analysing and interpreting data that may be incomplete or have discrepancies
  • diagnosing customer service complaints and taking steps to improve the service
  • applying a range of problem-solving strategies
  • seeking information from various sources to determine the cause of the problem

Initiative and enterprise 

  • adapting to new situations that arise as a consequence of regulatory changes, revised technical data, practices and procedures
  • varying work practices and behaviour as a result of performance feedback from peers and supervisors
  • adapting competencies to the performance of a wide range of repair tasks
  • contributing to a process of continuous improvement and a willingness to support and participate in the effective introduction of new work practices
  • identifying learning opportunities to improve work practices
  • evaluating tasks to improve efficiency
  • promoting environmental and resource-efficient work practices

Planning and organising 

  • clarifying task objectives and required outcomes through discussion with supervisors and other team members
  • collecting, analysing and organising information relating to assigned repair tasks and confirming the purpose and required work outcomes
  • identifying and organising equipment and material or resource requirements
  • planning for contingencies


  • accepting responsibility for managing individual workload to meet target completion times or fit in with team milestones
  • evaluating own performance and identifying areas for improvement
  • managing time to independently complete tasks
  • planning and reviewing own work
  • using judgement and discretion with confidential information


  • taking advantage of learning opportunities that arise internally and externally
  • adapting competencies to accommodate new ideas and techniques
  • using feedback from supervisors and peers to identify ways in which competence can be improved
  • participating in professional networks and associations to obtain and maintain skills and knowledge
  • seeking out and learning new ideas, skills and techniques


  • operating diagnostic and test equipment
  • performance testing components, systems and equipment
  • using tools and equipment efficiently and safely
  • storing and caring for components, parts, tools, test equipment and support equipment
  • using computers and microfiche to obtain technical and repair data
  • using business technology to collect, analyse and provide information

Packaging Rules

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency, consisting of:

  • 1 core unit
  • 9 elective units


1 year