Vehicle Painting Competition

Automotive refinishing involves the paint, refinish, repair and maintenance of painted surfaces on a range of automotive vehicles and recreational vehicles. These skills must be of the highest quality industry standard possible, with an emphasis on workshop efficiencies and productivity using the latest in technologies available in our industry today. All of these skills play an integral part of working in an efficient smash repair business.

The competition requires competitors to demonstrate the skills and knowledge of the vehicle refinish industry. They will compete on a number of tasks including panel preparation, priming and sanding, layout and design measurements, colour matching, de-nib/buffing and decal application.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN VEHICLE PAINTING IF YOU:

  • Have an interest art, design, mathematics and science
  • Are interested in manual work
  • Do not have any breathing-related problems
  • Are not allergic to thinners or paints
  • Have good colour vision

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Vehicle Painting Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Vehicle Painting Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Vehicle Painting Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Vehicle Painting


The Vehicle Painting Competition is supported by:

Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Motorcycle Mechanics competitions align to the AUR – Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package (Release 4.0).

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for Vehicle Painting align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology Qualification.

  • AURVTP025 – Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
  • AURVTP003 – Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
  • AURVTP013 – Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing.
  • AURVTP006 – Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces.
  • AURVTP020 – De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
  • AURAE002 – Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURAFA008 – Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions

Regional Tasks

  • Meet a high industry standard, with an emphasis on workshop efficiencies and productivity
  • Preparation and application of water-base Basecoats
  • Preparation and application of two-pack primers and clear coats
  • Masking, measurement and design techniques
  • Colour matching, metallic and/or pearl micas
  • Buffing and polishing
  • Detail and application of decals
  • Job costing and material usage
  • Safety
  • Job organisation, planning and conduct

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Competition for Vehicle Painting align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology Qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • AURAEA002 – Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA002 – Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURVTP002 – Mask vehicle panels and components
  • AURVTP004 – Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
  • AURVTP014 – Colour-match multi-layer and clear over base two-pack paints on vehicles and components
  • AURVTP017 – Rectify and touch up vehicle paint faults using clear over base two-pack systems
  • AURVTP023 – Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
  • AURVTN005 – Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
  • AURVTP007 – Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage
  • AURVTP010 – Prepare and operate vehicle paint drying equipment
  • AURVTP018 – Rectify vehicle multi-layer and pearl paint faults using two-pack systems

National Tasks

  • Prepare panel mask and design layout
  • Apply primers, basecoats and clear coats
  • Perform colour matching and final de-nibbing, buffing and decal application
  • Demonstrate skills at the highest-quality industry standard possible
  • Show workshop efficiencies and productivity using latest technologies available

Nationals Competition Duration

16 hours – 3 days

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