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Hands-on automotive training within a fully equipped workshop


Hand Brake Turn provides practical, hands-on training in a fully equipped mechanic and body repair workshop. Our courses are ideal for learners who have (or have had) difficulty within the mainstream education system.

Typically, our Cert II in Automotive Body Repair Technology comprises of 6 and 12 month courses. Just 3 days a week, a combination of on and off campus training. All training includes some preparation for the workplace and/or further education.

However, we have a flexible approach in regards to course delivery structure. So please contact us to discuss your specific needs

We find opportunity to go beyond the nationally accredited training course outcomes though; engaging learners in teamwork, social and life skills activities and training.

Hand Brake Turn does not receive any external funding for this program and is reliant on donations. Please see below for ways in which you can help…


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It’s easy and immediate! 0 If you have a car that you no longer require, we would be very happy to take it off your hands to use for scrapping, training or repair and resale. You may want to donate tools, food supplies, office equipment, kitchen equipment, etc.

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Whatever your talent, skill or profession – we almost certainly could make good use of it. Business (operations, marketing, IT, quality, risk, OHS, office administration); mechanics; counselling; medical; etc.

Put us on your radar at your workplace, church, local community group, sports clubs, family and friends. We can deliver talks about the work we do and discuss ways in which persons/teams/organisations can contribute.

Help us to grow our network. Someone you know might be interested in partnering with us to reach those in the community who require our services .

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With funds we can immediately secure some of the above resources.

Concern Australia Learning Alliance RTO Number 5076


  • 3M
  • All Tools –Hoppers Crossing
  • Independent Car Parts
  • Lubrimaxx
  • National Windscreens
  • Quick Access Hire
  • Air Radiators
  • ANEST IWATA Australia
  • Australian Printer Reloading
  • Auto Remont – Sunshine
  • Autobarn Cranbourne
  • Automotive Software
  • Chevrolet Car Club of Victoria
  • Coolibah Convertibles
  • David Buck Plumbing
  • de Beers Paints
  • DP Karts
  • Ford Motor Company
  • G-Force
  • Garry Rogers Motorsport
  • HM GEM Engines
  • K & H Surface Technologies
  • Kennards Hire
  • Le Mans Grand Prix
  • Meguiars House of Colour
  • Mingara
  • NAB
  • Pacer
  • Paint Centre – Sunshine
  • Paintaway Dandenong
  • PPG
  • R&J Batteries
  • RACV
  • Sidchrome / Stanley / ABW Tools
  • Stanley Tools
  • Supercharge Batteries
  • The Good Guys
  • The Mazda Foundation
  • Tip Top
  • V8 Supercars Australia
  • VACC- Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
  • Victorian Karting Association
  • Woods Accident Repair Centres
  • Wurth


  • Forest Hill Rotary
  • Dandenong Christian Reform Church
  • The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
  • Endeavour Hills Rotary
  • Lord Mayors Charitable Fund
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • United Way
  • Highton Rotary
  • Melbourne Rotary
  • Keilor Rotary
  • Rotary International
  • The Bible Society of Victoria
  • Perpetual Trustees
  • RACV Melbourne
  • RACV Keilor
  • St George Foundation
  • Lions Club
Sonia Clark
Sonia ClarkCampus Manager
Mobile: 0449 195 359
Telephone: (03) 9311 6273


Course Title: Certificate II Automotive Body Repair Technology

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AUR20912 480 Delivered In-class & Workshop:  3 days per week over a 6 month period
2 days per week over 12 months

Program Overview

The Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology prepares new employees or recognises and develops existing workers who perform repair and maintenance operations in an automotive repair facility. It covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of basic tasks when repairing and maintaining the automotive body of cars and other vehicles.

Program Structure


Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

Core Subjects

AURTTB2001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTC2001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURVTN2009 Clean engine and engine compartment
AURTTA2004 Carry out service operations
AURAFA2002 Read in an automotive workplace
AURAMA2001 Work effectively with others
AURASA2002 Apply safe work practices in an automotive workplace
AURTTK2002 Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment
AURVEN2001 Apply environmental regulations and best practice in the body repair industry
AURVTN2002 Carry out panel repairs
AURVTN2003 Carry out pre-repair vehicle body operations
AURVTN3016 Repair body panels incorporating filler
AURVTN2008 Clean vehicle body and door cavities
  • Note that students are required to attend at least one interview prior to being accepted into the Training Program. Under 18 years of age to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or care giver.
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) From 1 January 2015 students enrolling in or are continuing enrollment into 2015, in nationally recognised training in Australia, will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI will help keep your training records and results together in an online account controlled by you. Each time you enroll to study with a new training organisation, your USI will be used to store your training records and results.

Unique Student Identifier (USI) website:

  • You may qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer if you think that your work and life experiences match some of the units you have enrolled in. You must be able to prove that you have the skills and knowledge required in these units.

The following roles could potentially be secured after completion

  • apprenticeships
  • vehicle service and repair assistant
  • vehicle body repair assistant
  • vehicle paint-less dent repair assistant
  • vehicle painter assistant
  • vehicle trimmer assistant
  • vehicle dismantler
  • vehicle detailer
  • vehicle body assembler

Qualification & Recognition

Upon successfully completing all units of this program, you will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

Concern Australia Learning Alliance recognises previous qualifications or relevant work or life experience. If you have completed any units of competency at another RTO you may receive a credit transfer if relevant.


This qualification may lead to variety of other training programs, traineeships and apprenticeships.

At course completion, students are ready to consider further training at a TAFE or return to mainstream school. Yet others may be ready to consider an Apprenticeship.


We work with you to slot into our next start date as we run 6 and 12 month courses. Contact us today to negotiate when our next intake could occur for you.


Where a Learner is not eligible for government subsidy contribution, the Tuition Fee is due by Course commencement date. Additionally, an Admin Fee is due on enrollment. Fees are listed below and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

*Government Funded if Eligible
Full Fee (Not eligible for Gov’t Funding)
Concession Rate (20% of non-concession Administration fee)
Non-concession Rate $350


Approximate Government contribution to Concern Australia Learning Alliance per eligible funded student of $4,320.

Concern Australia Learning Alliance recognises previous qualifications or relevant work or life experience. If you have completed any units of competency at another RTO you may receive a credit transfer if relevant.

*This Training is subsidized by the Victorian Government for eligible persons

“Important Notice “

You have a right to cancel this agreement within 3 business days from and including the day after you signed or received this agreement.

Details about your additional rights to cancel this agreement are set out in the Student Handbook attached.”

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment; and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials.

Cooling off Period

On cancellation of application, a full refund will be given provided that it is requested at least 3 working days before the course commences. However, the non-refundable Administration Fee will be deducted.





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From Hand Brake Turn to the Racing Track

Former HBT Graduate Justin Bowen with his Formula Class 500On Saturday February 8th 2014 Justin raced and won his first ever Formula 500 heat at Avalon Raceway. It was a surreal moment for the 21-year-old and a dream come true, but he could have ended up on a very different road if it wasn’t for Hand Brake Turn.
Ever since Justin can remember he has loved cars! Whether it was weekends spent at the speedway or sitting glued to the TV watching Summernats, drag racing or motor- bikes. His dad and uncle raced sprint cars and his cousins also raced in the Formula 500 class. “I loved going along and helping out and pit crewing for them. It’s always been my dream to race.” If it didn’t have an engine in it Justin didn’t want to know about it. When Justin was 8 years old his parents went through a divorce and his relationship – particularly with his father – suffered.

Justin’s journey into the Hand Brake Turn program started when he was in Year 8. Justin was never really interested in school and he never thought that he was any good at school either. Teachers would have to change the topic to cars just to keep his attention. He was at risk of dropping out but he was always good at working with his hands, “That was my talent and I was passionate about cars.” This is when Justin heard about Hand Brake Turn. “Finding out about the program was a turning point for me. For the first time I was motivated and excited about completing something.” He loved the fact that the course had a bit of everything, mechanical work, panel beating and spray painting to keep him busy.

At the end of each course an award is given to the most outstanding student during the 8 weeks. The winner receives a donated socket set or tool kit up to the value of $600. He remembers going home and telling his mum he wanted to win the prize. She told him to put his mind to it and there’s no reason why he couldn’t. It was the first time Justin could remember her setting him a goal like that.

After struggling to find some work experience, which each student has to find for 2 weeks, one of the staff members at Hand Brake Turn called in a favor and was able to get Justin some work down at Western Automatics along with another Hand Brake Turn student, Harley. “I worked hard and I guess all my years of being into cars paid off.” When presentation time came around…you guessed it, Justin won the award! He also had the opportunity to undertake and complete an apprenticeship at Western Automatics where he’d done his work experience.” But Justin didn’t stop there… Recently he has followed in his family’s footsteps and pursued his dream of speedway racing in the Formula 500 Class. “My mum, sister and girlfriend are my biggest fans and have designed some great race shirts for me. I have a pit crew made up of family and friends who include my good mate Harley, who if it wasn’t for Hand Brake Turn, I wouldn’t have gained his friendship.”

On Saturday February 8th 2014 Justin raced at Avalon in his third race and won his first ever heat. “I had all my family and friends there to watch and gave them all a big fist pump as I crossed the finish line.”

When asked what he would like to say about Hand Brake Turn, Justin quickly said: “I’d just like to thank Hand Brake Turn. I cannot praise the work you do for young kids like myself enough. With a short course you guys are able to impact and make a huge difference on the rest of someone’s life by giving them an opportunity when they most need it. It gives them a kick in the right direction. Not only did it get me where I am today but I also walked away with a great mate who I know will be a mate for life in Harley.”

Justin hopes his story will inspire other young people and give them hope for the future. He will be attending the next HBT course graduation at Sunshine and will share some words of encouragement with the current graduates.