NSW Fair Trade updates to specialised classes of motor vehicle repair work

The NSW Department of Customer Service have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday 26 March , please see invitation received by the AGA below,

Good afternoon,

The Department of Customer service is in the process of finalising amendments to the Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Tradesperson’s Certificates) Amendment Regulation 2020 (the MDR Amendment Regulation), which commences on 1 November 2021.

While some consultation has already occurred on these amendments, we would like to ensure that all our stakeholders are informed of the changes to ensure that they can help assist in communicating these changes to industry. Please join via the link below.

An agenda will follow shortly. Please advise if there are specific agenda items that you would like to discuss.

Please note, the Department of Customer Service is working to implement the recommendations made in the Final Report of the Statutory Review of the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013.


5 February 2021

Published February 2021

We are writing to update you about amendments to the Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation 2014 that introduce new specialised repair classes. 

As you are aware, commencement of two of the repair classes, glazing work (automotive) and exhaust repair work, were deferred until 1 November 2021. This was to allow applicants to obtain the necessary Certificate II qualifications which were not previously available. 

Since the commencement of the Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Tradesperson’s Certificates) Regulation 2020 (MDR Amendment Regulation), the Automotive Training Board of NSW (ATB NSW) have advised of changes to the automotive training packages. The prescribed qualifications for exhaust repair work and an existing repair class, radiator repair work, are obsolete and no longer being offered.  

In addition, since the MDR Amendment Regulation was published, industry stakeholders have advised that many incumbent tradespeople undertaking glazing work already hold a different but applicable Certificate II qualification which hasn’t been prescribed. It is therefore necessary to include this as a prescribed qualification (in addition to the new Certificate II qualification) so they can obtain a tradesperson certificate when the new repair classes commence on 1 November 2021.   

An amendment to the MDR Amendment Regulation is therefore needed to prescribe new qualifications to replace these now obsolete training packages and insert older qualification for glazing work that was not prescribed previously. These include:  

·        Certificate II Automotive Underbody Technology (Radiator and Cooling System Repair) 

·        Certificate II Automotive Underbody Technology (Exhaust Repair) 

·        Certificate II Automotive Vehicle Body (Vehicle Glazing) 

The Department has commenced work to make these changes as soon as possible to allow industry to obtain the correct qualifications. We encourage you to share this information so that motor vehicle tradespersons are aware of these upcoming changes.  Should you require further information, I encourage you to get in touch.  

Contact NSW Fair Trading

Contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or lodge an online enquiry if you have any questions about the specialised repair classes. 

Published September 2020

There have been changes to the scope of work and qualifications required in some repair classes, including the removal of wheel balancing from the steering, suspension, and wheel alignment repair class.

There are now two start dates for the specialised motor vehicle repair classes. While most started on 1 September 2020, repair classes for glazing work and electrical accessory fitting work will now start on 1 November 2021. This means tradespersons who do not currently hold a relevant tradesperson’s certificate but want to do glazing work or electrical accessory fitting work, will need to complete the prescribed qualification and obtain a tradesperson’s certificate by 1 November 2021. 

From 1 September 2020, applications can be made for a tradesperson’s certificate for specialised repair classes in: Exhaust repair work, radiator repair work, and steering, suspension, and wheel alignment work. These repair classes require a tradesperson to have the prescribed Certificate II qualification for the repair class. Click HERE for more information about the changes.

Contact NSW Fair Trading

Contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or lodge an online enquiry if you have any questions about the specialised repair classes. 

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