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Mechanical Technology

Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

(include 3 weeks holiday)


Automotive Diagnostic Technician, Automotive Master Technician


This course and qualification prepares students to perform advanced diagnostic tasks in the automotive retail, service and repair industry. Students will learn and demonstrate a variety of diagnostic methods during their course of study. Students can further expand their automotive knowledge through pathways to other courses.

Mode of Delivery

Face to face delivery


The course is expected to be completed in 26 weeks, 23 weeks delivery and 3 weeks of term breaks.

Location of Course
Classrooms 380 Bourke St Melbourne 3000
Classroom and workshops 95 – 97 Lorimer Street Docklands 3008.

BIT only delivers this course in Victoria. No interstate delivery is currently scheduled.

Packaging Rules

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

Total number of units = 10

  • 1 core unit, plus

  • 9 elective units

Pathways into qualification:

Those undertaking the Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis must have completed an automotive mechanical Certificate III qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency.

Vocational pathway:

After completing AUR40216 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis students can enter in to AUR50216 - Diploma of Automotive Technology or AUR50116 - Diploma of Automotive Management

Possible job titles include:

Automotive Diagnostic Technician,

Automotive Master Technician

Employees will work in an automotive workshop as highly skilled diagnosticians. They are responsible for diagnosing difficult faults and must be able to use highly technical diagnostic equipment and have a high level of understanding of vehicle and machinery systems.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Please refer to the following source for Pathway and employment outcomes and Job Pathways Charts illustrating potential career pathways within that industry

Source: http://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/details?Code=AUR40216

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Delivery of this qualification is an institution-based program with face-to-face trainer lead theory classes, practical sessions involving small groups, individual and team activities and computer-based activities and projects. Trainers and students will also have access to learning resources and textbooks.

Intake dates

Please contact BIT’s admissions or marketing department for information on our upcoming intakes.

Note* Information contained on the website is not sufficient for Enrolment purposes however, this information should be read in conjunction with student handbook, student prospectus and brochures.

Core units


Diagnose complex system faults

Elective units


Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace


Inspect and service engines


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle safety systems


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle braking systems


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle steering and suspension systems


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle petrol engines


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle automatic transmission and driveline systems


Diagnose complex faults in engine management systems


Diagnose complex faults in light vehicle diesel engines

Entry Requirements

Those undertaking the Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis must have completed an automotive mechanical Certificate III qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency. International Students entering this course at Brighton Institute of Technology must meet the following entry requirements:

Age requirements

For international learners Brighton Institute of Technology has a requirement that all learners must be over 18 years of age at the commencement of course.

Pre-training Review

All international learners will undertake a pre-training review which aims to identify their training needs through questions on previous education or training, relevance of the courses to the learner and any relevant experience they may have. An interview conducted by Brighton Institute enrolment officer will cover these areas and also to identify any support needs and possible RPL opportunities.

Through the pre-training review the learner will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to successfully complete the course.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN)

Candidates undertaking this course must possess sound Numeracy skills since it requires them to read vehicle manuals, do calculations, do job cards, and complete repairs and costing estimates etc.

All learners are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test. They must have at least the ACSF level described later in this document in the five core skills.

If learners do not meet English and LLN requirements, learners will be asked to take further Language, literacy and numeracy training e.g. English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Learners (ELICOS) programs with institute.

Academic requirements

Those undertaking the Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis must have completed an automotive mechanical Certificate III qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency.

Computer literacy requirements

All learners enrolling into BIT programs must have basic computer skills. BIT courses may require learners to make reports, do graphs and analyse data.
Learners who do not possess basic computing skills will be referred to a computer training course.

Materials and Equipment Required
  1. Although BIT will provide access to computers with required resources during classroom hours however to work on assignments and tasks for self-study, all learners are expected to have access to a laptop or computer with the Windows 7 operating system or higher. Learners must have an active email address for communication and be contactable by phone (mobile or landline) and by mail (postal address). All learners are expected to have access to MS office application such as Microsoft Word, and an email platform.

  2. Tools and equipment

    Learners must have access to their safety boots and workshop uniform (workshop overalls) for use during practical sessions in the automotive workshop prior to starting their practical classes. BIT will provide workshop tools, safety boots, workshop uniform and other PPE as required.

Physical Requirements

Automotive technology is a physically demanding course and occupation. Working as a mechanic means that you will be on your feet for long hours and will have to lift heavy parts, moving tyres and equipment. Manual handling injuries are the most common type of injury occurring in automotive workshops. The injuries occur from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting, and prolonged or sustained work in awkward postures. This course involves manual handling e.g., heavy lifting; moving part and tires, so all students should be able to handle physical work required for this course. In line with its access and equity policy, BIT will identify any such barriers presented by students during pre-training review (before enrolment) and will identify and provide any required support and reasonable adjustment where possible.

English Requirements

English language requirements for international learners:

International learners applying for this course either off-shore or on-shore will require:

  1. Either a minimum IELTS (General) test score of 5.5 or equivalent for direct entry into a VET course, or IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent with an ELICOS course (up to 30 weeks) to be undertaken before the main VET course

  2. plus successful completion of Brighton Institute’s Language Literacy and Numeracy Test on completion of an ELICOS program.

  3. Evidence that they have studied in English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States

  4. evidence that, within two years of their application date, they have successfully completed in Australia a foundation course or a senior secondary certificate of education or a substantial part of a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, from the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Please note Brighton institute of technology will also accept equivalent test results from the following specified English language tests - TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic,
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and TOEFL PBT.

Any international English test must have been taken no more than two years before you apply for a course at BIT
English language test providers Minimum test score Minimum test score when combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS Minimum test score when combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System 5.5 5 4.5
*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based 527 500 450
TOEFL internet-based test 46 35 32
Pearson Test of English Academic 42 36 30

* Digital access refers to your learning resources and assessments via our learning management system.