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Parts Interpreter (Sales) Apprenticeship

Automotive Parts Interpreters sell automotive parts and accessories. An apprenticeship in parts interpreting is the pathway that leads to a variety of career opportunities.

This role is suitable for an individual who has an interest in IT/Window’s based programs, and enjoys administrative and clerical work. If you have an interest in motor vehicle parts and have good communication and sales skills, this is the career for you!

Automotive Parts Interpreters sell automotive spares, replacement parts and accessories in repair shops or retail stores. Parts can include air filters, oil filters, spark plugs, whole trim assemblies and small trim pieces.

What will I learn?

As part of your apprenticeship, you will learn how to:

  • Talk to customers to find out their exact needs and recommend appropriate parts.
  • Identify the make, model and variations of motor vehicles and automotive equipment.
  • Check databases to identify and locate parts.
  • Order parts from warehouse and external suppliers.
  • Calculate tax, discounts and prices.
  • Prepare invoices for the sale of stock.
  • Process cash and credit transactions.
  • Collect, pack and dispatch or deliver ordered parts.
  • Participate in stocktaking and update computer data.
  • Assist customers in repairing or replacing parts.
  • Set up merchandise displays.

What skills do I need?

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary but a keen interest in cars and a practical aptitude will help.

An apprenticeship is designed to teach you the skills and knowledge you need with practical training at work, and extra studies at a Registered Training Organisation.

An apprenticeship will get you started in the industry, and open up the doors to a great career.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements however you will need to be placed in an apprenticeship to start your training and you should be able to read, write and understand basic mathematical concepts. Successful applicants will be required to complete enrolment documentation. You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

What are my training options?

You can do a full-time apprenticeship, resulting in a Certificate III qualification. This includes training within a workshop as well as with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). A school-based apprenticeship can also be completed whilst at school (the length of study may vary depending on the school, RTO and workplace arrangements).

Apprenticeships Are Us run pre-apprenticeship courses that commence throughout the year. This will provide the fundamental skills and potentially a pathway to start an apprenticeship.

Duration of an apprenticeship

This apprenticeship has a nominal duration of 4 years to complete, during which you must be employed in an apprenticeship contract. It is possible to complete the apprenticeship contract sooner if you achieve the necessary competencies before this time.

Career pathways

What next?

How far you go is completely up to you!

Your apprenticeship is the first step. It can get you started on the way to a successful career as a:

  • Qualified Mechanic ($50K – $100K)
  • Workshop Manager ($80K – $165K)
  • Franchise Owner ($70K – $180K)
  • Service Advisor ($60K – $120K)
  • Service Manager ($80K – $165K)
  • Sales ($70K – $160K)
  • Skills Trainer ($70K – $100K)
  • Warranty ($55K – $90K)
  • Business Admin ($50K – $90K)
  • Engineer ($90K – $190K)

Technology is always changing, creating a higher demand for skilled workers in the automotive industry.


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