How to become an Associate Technician

In Victoria, you can only work on gas fuel systems in vehicles if you are an Associate Technician employed or contracted to an approved AFSACS provider. To become an Associate Technician, you must have acceptable trade and training qualifications

To become an Associate Technician, you must have acceptable trade qualifications.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship – Automotive
  • Certificate III – Motor Mechanic

The qualification must be completed with an Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Other trade qualifications may be considered upon application to VicRoads.

In addition to having an acceptable trade qualification, Associate Technicians performing work on specific fuel system types must also have successfully completed the modules from AUR32016 – Certificate III in Automotive Alternative Fuel Technology (course release date 2016) that are relevant to that fuel type, as set out below.

The qualification must be completed with an Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Advice for locating providers can be found in the section below.


LPG fuel systems

For performing work on LPG fuel systems, all of the following modules must be successfully completed:
  • AURTTL007 Inspect and service LPG fuel systems
  • AURTTL008 Diagnose and repair LPG fuel systems
  • AURTTL009 Install LPG fuel systems 

CNG fuel systems

For performing work on CNG fuel systems, all of the following modules must be successfully completed:

  • AURTTL001 Inspect and service CNG fuel systems
  • AURTTL002 Diagnose and repair CNG fuel systems
  • AURTTL003 Install CNG fuel systems

LNG fuel systems

For performing work on LNG fuel systems, all of the following modules must be successfully completed:

  • AURTTL004 Inspect and service LNG fuel systems
  • AURTTL005 Diagnose and repair LNG fuel systems
  • AURTTL006 Install LNG fuel systems

For performing work on all fuel systems, the following module must be successfully completed: 

  • AURTTL010 Install LPG, CNG and LNG electrical control equipment.

Associate Technicians must also complete any additional or alternative training required by VicRoads to demonstrate that they are qualified to assess and certify alternative fuel vehicles.

You must provide a police check and sign a confidentiality agreement with VicRoads.

Police check

To be eligible for consideration, you must provide us with a National Police Check that is not less than 3 months old. Learn more about obtaining a national police check (External link).

Deed of confidentiality

As an Associate Technician, you may have access to confidential information obtained by VicRoads that is of a personal nature. To protect individuals’ rights from being breached, all Associate Technicians must complete and sign a Confidentially Deed that sets out their responsibilities in protecting confidential information. Your employer will ask you to complete this during the application process.

Associate Technicians must complete any required modules from AUR32016 – Certificate III in Automotive Alternative Fuel Technology with an approved training provider. 

To find providers who offer this training in Victoria, please visit the Skills Victoria (External link) website and search for course code AUR32016.

If you meet all of VicRoads’ required criteria for becoming an Associate Technician and your employer is an approved AFSACS provider, your employer can apply to us to have you added to their AFSACS Agreement.

It’s very important to understand that if you are not listed as an Associate Technician in an approved provider’s AFSACS Agreement, you are not approved to work within Victoria on vehicles fitted with gas fuel systems.

Need help or advice?

Queries about becoming an Associate Technician under the Alternative Fuel Systems Assessment and Certification Scheme should be directed to VicRoads’ Vehicle Safety & Registration Services team. 

They’re available between 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday by emailing [email protected] or calling 1300 309 571.

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