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Gain the skills to become a small engine mechanic

This course provides students with the technical knowledge to service and maintain outdoor power equipment fitted with a small engine including, lawn mowers, chainsaws, brush cutters, pumps and other similar equipment. Additionally, you will learn how to identify the components of small engines, perform daily maintenance, and carry out safe refuelling and pre-start checks. Course details


Cairns, Townsville Trade Training Centre

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Cairns Any time Workplace/TAFE
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Townsville Trade Training Centre Any time Workplace/TAFE
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is usually through an indenture as an apprentice or via RPL (see below). The outcome will be a tradesperson in the particular chosen trade calling. NB: In some cases, credit towards this qualification may apply from previously completed study. If you want to know more, please telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Minimum age: Entry into an apprenticeship or traineeship is generally limited to individuals who are 16 years of age or older. In special circumstances consideration may be given to individuals 13 years or older seeking to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship. Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.  If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must sign the training contract.

Education: Levels of education that should be attained prior to entry into the apprenticeship may be recommended but these are not mandatory unless the levels are set in legislation. If you want to know more please telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210. All TAFE apprentices will complete a literacy and numeracy assessment as part of their TAFE training.

RPL: Funding is presently available through the Trades Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program to undertake an RPL in this qualification. To access this funding participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to demonstrate substantial competency in this qualification and require gap training in no more than forty per cent of the funded competencies
  • 21 years or over
  • Have not previously completed a trade qualification in the same industry area
  • Be Australian citizens living in Queensland; New Zealand citizens permanently residing in Queensland; Permanent residents of Australia living in Queensland; Refugee and Humanitarian Visa Holders living in Queensland; or Temporary Visa Holders living in Queensland with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville Trade Training Centre
763 Ingham Road
Townsville QLD 4818

Resources required

Please be aware that you will also be required to supply the following items at your cost:

  • Protective clothing
  • Broad brimmed hat for all outdoor activities
  • Steel capped safety boots are required while engaged in work activities and while students are in designated areas of TAFE
  • Long sleeved shirts are highly recommended *Singlet tops are not allowed.
  • Clear safety glasses to AS1337
  • Notepad and pen
  • All persons having long hair will wear hair protection when working with or around moving machinery or whilst in designated areas of operation


Delivery is flexible which will be negotiated with employer and teacher. Delivery may include some attendance at TAFE for block.


To be awarded this qualification, competence must be demonstrated in 36 units of competency:

15  core units, plus
21  elective units, of which:

  • up to 21  units may be chosen from the Elective Units listed in the AUR30716 training package
  • up to 6  units may be chosen from a Certificate II qualification or above in this Training Package or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided that the units chosen contribute to the vocational outcome of this qualification and do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURPTA003 Service and repair rotary cutting systems Core
AURPTA005 Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems Core
AURPTA006 Inspect and service line trimming systems and components Core
AURPTA007 Service and repair post boring systems Core
AURPTA008 Service and repair post hole digging systems Core
AURPTA009 Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems Core
AURPTA010 Inspect and service pumping systems Core
AURPTA011 Diagnose and repair pumping systems Core
AURPTE002 Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines Core
AURPTE003 Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines Core
AURPTE004 Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Under the Trades Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program eligible participants are only required to pay for gap training. Gap training is at a cost of $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


AUR30716 Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

Job prospects

  • Small Engine Mechanic

Enrol now if you have:

  • received booking confirmed and got your Training Notice
  • checked your course cost and know which payment option is right for you (under the costs tab).
  • read the student rules and refund policy

All done? Call 1300 656 959 to enrol today!

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 16 February 2017

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