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You’ll need a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate if you do repair work on motor vehicles, even if you hold a motor vehicle repairer licence. You must be certified and qualified for all classes of repair work you do.

You can apply for a 1-year, 3-year or 5-year licence online.


To be eligible for a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate you must:

  • be a fit and proper person to hold a tradesperson certificate
  • have the required qualifications for each class of repair work
  • not be an apprentice or trainee.

The classes of repair work include:

  • automotive electrician
  • body maker
  • compressed natural gas mechanic
  • exhaust repair
  • liquefied natural gas mechanic
  • liquefied petroleum gas mechanic
  • motorcycle mechanic
  • motor mechanic
  • panelbeater
  • steering, suspension and wheel alignment
  • radiator repair
  • trailer and caravan mechanic
  • transmission specialist
  • underbody work
  • vehicle painter
  • electrical accessory fitting
  • glazing work.

What you need

  • your personal and contact details
  • details of your qualifications, including proof of completion of the relevant training courses
  • a valid credit card to pay the licence payment.

How to apply

  1. Select the ‘Apply online' button.
  2. Log in or create an account.
  3. Enter your details.
  4. Use the ‘Next’ or ‘Back’ buttons to progress through your application.
  5. Select your class or classes of repair work.
  6. Enter the details of your completed training courses.
  7. Attach any supporting documents that prove your qualifications.
  8. Complete the disclosure questions.
  9. Review your application and confirm details.
  10. Enter your payment details.
  11. Read and confirm the declaration.
  12. Submit your application.

You can also apply for a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate in person at a service centre or by mail, by downloading and completing the Application for a tradesperson’s certificate – PDF.

More information

  • if you’re an apprentice or trainee, you won’t be eligible for your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate until you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship
  • your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate will be valid for 3 years, after which you’ll need to renew or restore it
  • you’ll need to complete a recognised training course for each class of repair work you want to appear on your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate.

Visit the NSW Fair Trading website to make sure you have all the information.

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