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Occupational Certificate: Automotive Motor Mechanic

SAQA ID: 118733, 540 Credits, Occupational Certificate Article 26D (RED SEAL*)

Are you looking to become an Automotive Motor Mechanic? The Occupational Certificate in Automotive Motor Mechanic qualification is designed to provide learners with skills needed in the automotive industry, such as the maintenance and repair of vehicles to enable customers to use their vehicles productively, cost-effectively and safely, and to obtain the maximum benefit from their investment as well as complying with legal obligations relating to the condition and use of their vehicles.


Learners may also be involved in activities such as routinely scheduled services, the repair or replacement of components and parts, and the diagnosing and repair of system faults in a variety of types and models of automotive vehicles, including the assembling, testing and commissioning of new or reconditioned parts for automotive vehicles. The automotive maintenance and repair industry provides essential services to users of automotive motor vehicles. The main users in South Africa are the general public, public entities and commercial organisations owning vehicle fleets used for a variety of purposes.


The journey to your RED SEAL: This is a Occupation Trade that requires a RED SEAL to practise as a designated Electrician as per article Occupational Certificate Article 26D (RED SEAL*)



Part 1

Theory Modules

Runs with Part 2


Theory Exam

Part 2

Practical Training

Runs with Part 1


Logbook, Observation & Assessment

Part 3

Workplace Modules

+- 18 months


Observation & Logbook

Trade Test for


Features & Benefits

  • This qualification consists of Compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills, and Work Experience Modules 


  • The South African qualification for Automotive Motor Mechanic compares favourably with qualifications in Canada and in the United States of America and Ireland.


  • The curriculum used by these international institutions has been emulated in the South African Qualification to allow learners to be functional and ready to cope with the working environment.   


  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies.


  • Students get access to our online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.   

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 9 (Std 7) Certificate with a pass in Mathematics and Physical OR
  • N1 Pass (with mathematics and science) OR
  • Vocational or Further Education Certificate at any level OR
  • Recognition of prior learning through an RPL process


IMPORTANT: If you don't meet our minimum entry requirement, you can still apply for special admission, regardless of what formal education you have. Please note that there are terms and conditions for this application, and all approvals will be made at the discretion of Academic Board.

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide two models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series, i5, 16GB

R16 500.00 Learn More

The laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. 

Core Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 8GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11

R18 000.00 Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor-heavy tasks.

Medium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

R25 500.00  Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

Dell G15 5511, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400H (15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, WLAN, M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia RTX3050ti w/4GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, Windows 11 Pro (64 Bit)

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning
      • Duration: +-12 Months
      • Classes conducted 5 days a week, 3-6 hours/day
      • Theory modules classes can be attended on campus AND/OR Online
      • Practical modules and exercises must be done on campus

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    On completion of this qualification learners are able to:

    • Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on petrol and diesel road vehicles.
    • Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and assemble engine and vehicle system components.
    • Diagnose and repair faults in petrol and diesel engines and vehicle systems and their components.
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only)
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets
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What you get

Occupational Certificate: Automotive Motor Mechanic (RED SEAL)


  • The student will receive a occupational certificate from the QCTO when he passes the relevant trade test.

Part 1

Theory Modules

Runs in Parallel with Part 2


Theory Exam

Part 2

Practical Training

Runs in Parallel with Part 1


Practical Logbook, Observation & Assessment

Part 3

Workplace Modules

Complete in +- 18 months


Employer Practical Observation & Logbook

Trade Test for

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Automotive Motor Mechanic. 

Workplace fundamentals (NQF2)
Foundational concepts for mechanics (NQF2)
Vehicle and equipment fundamentals (NQF2)
Basic engine systems (NQF2)
Vehicle, equipment and propulsion systems (NQF3)
Electrical systems and basic electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic principles (NQF3)
Advanced vehicle and equipment systems (NQF4)
Problem solving and engine optimisation (NQF4)
Work safely and respond to emergencies (NQF2)
Use tools and equipment (NQF2)
Cut and join metals (NQF2)
Remove and install mechanical components (gaskets, seals, bearings and locking devices) (NQF2)
Work with auto-electric and auto-electronic components (NQF2)
Work with fluid power components (NQF2)
Maintain and service vehicles and vehicle components (NQF2)
Dismantle, assess and reassemble engines and engine sub-assemblies (NQF3)
Dismantle, assess and reassemble vehicle sub-assemblies (NQF3)
Remove, test, repair and refit engines and vehicle components (NQF3)
Diagnose and repair vehicle systems (NQF4)
Diagnose and repair electrical systems (NQF4)
Diagnose and repair electronically controlled vehicle systems (NQF4)
Routine scheduled services (NQF2)
Removal and replacement of engine sub-systems (including batteries) (NQF3)
Removal and replacement of vehicle sub-systems (NQF3)
Engine removal and installation processes (NQF3)
Repair processes (gearboxes, differentials and engines) (NQF3)
Diagnosis and repair of electrical systems (charging, starting, lighting and auxiliary) (NQF4)
Diagnosis and repair of engines and engine sub-systems (NQF4)
Diagnosis and repair of brake systems (NQF4)
Diagnosis and repair of drive train systems (NQF4)
Diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension systems (NQF4)
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact

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