VETiS Automotive Services Competition

This skill provides a pathway for individuals considering a career in automotive services. Automotive technicians are responsible for the repair, maintenance and testing of automotive vehicles. Automotive technicians are valued for their craftsmanship and their ability to diagnose and repair vehicle faults. With ongoing advancements in the automotive field, the role of the automotive mechanic has developed into a first-class career pathway.


  • Have an interest in mathematics and science
  • Are a good communicator
  • Are interested in manual work
  • Display an aptitude for technical work
  • Are able to problem solve
  • Are physically fit
  • Have a driver’s license


The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Automotive Services Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The VETiS Automotive Services 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 VETiS Automotive Services Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in VETiS Automotive Services

Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia VETiS Automotive Services 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 Automotive Mechanics align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the AUR20516 Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology Qualification.

  • AURAEA002 – Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA002 – Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURATA001 – Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
  • AURTTA009 – Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
  • AURTTK002 – Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTB001 – Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTD002 – Inspect and service steering systems
  • AURETR012 – Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR015 – Inspect, test and service batteries
  • AURETR025 – Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETK002 – Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTC001 – Inspect and service cooling systems
  • AURTTA003 – Use and maintain basic mechanical measuring devices

Regional Tasks

Demonstrate ability in:

  • Brakes system service
  • Wheel bearing service
  • Electrical system service
  • Cooling system service
  • Measuring tools and equipment

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for Automotive Mechanics align to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) in the AUR30616 – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (Release 1) Qualification.

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

  • AURAFA008 – Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
  • AURVTP002 – Mask vehicle panels and components
  • AURVTP003 – Prepare vehicle spray painting equipment for use
  • AURVTP004 – Apply basic colour matching techniques using vehicle paint codes
  • AURVTP006 – Apply refinishing primers to vehicle surfaces
  • AURVTP013 – Prepare vehicle substrates for refinishing
  • 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
  • AURVTP020 – De-nib, buff and polish vehicle painted surfaces
  • AURVTP023 – Apply clear over base two-pack refinishing materials to vehicle body components
  • AURVTP025 – Apply water-based refinishing materials to vehicle bodies and substrates
  • AURVTN005 – Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
  • AURVTP007 – Touch up minor vehicle paintwork damage

National Tasks

The National Competition for Vehicle Painting is designed to reflect all of the skills of a vehicle painter in the modern day workshop covering aspects from preparation, masking & design layout, application of primers, basecoats and clear coats, colour matching and down to final de-nibbing, buffing and decal application.

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 modern day smash repair business.]

  • 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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