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CPC30620 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Building & Construction

Course Description

This course provides you with hands-on skills and knowledge that enable you to carry out a wide range of tasks in the painting and decorating industry. You will learn practical skills such as preparing surfaces, applying paint by brushes, rollers and spray guns, hanging wallpaper, and creating feature walls. Moreover, you will learn useful theoretical knowledge, including occupational health and safety requirements, and how to write quotations so you are well prepared to enter the workplace with confidence.

CTC Training Program is flexible and focuses on matching your learning progress, with the on-the-job experience you gain week to week. Certificate III Painting and Decorating qualification has 27 units of competency comprising 23 core units and 4 elective units to be selected from the list below.

This course includes written project assignments, as well as observation of practical tasks. Group tasks or assignments may occur as a type of assessment.

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be achieved in:

29 units of competency:

26 core units of competency

3 elective units of competency.

26 Core Units of Competency 3 Elective Units of Competency
CPCCCM2008 – Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM2012 – Work safely at heights

CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCCCM3005 – Calculate costs of construction work

CPCCOM1012 – Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCOM1013 – Plan and organise work

CPCCOM1014 – Conduct workplace communication

CPCCOM1015 – Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCOM2001 – Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCPB3026 – Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

CPCCPD2011 – Handle and store painting and decorating materials

CPCCPD2012 – Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

CPCCPD2013 – Remove and replace doors and door and window components

CPCCPD3021 – Prepare existing coated surface for painting

CPCCPD3022 – Apply paint by brush and roller

CPCCPD3023 – Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

CPCCPD3024 – Apply paint by spray

CPCCPD3025 – Match specific paint colours

CPCCPD3026 – Apply stains and clear timber finishes

CPCCPD3027 – Remove and apply wallpaper

CPCCPD3028 – Apply decorative paint finishes

CPCCPD3030 – Apply protective paint coating systems

CPCCPD3031 – Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry

CPCCPD3035 – Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting

CPCCPD3036 – Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry

CPCCWHS2001 – Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

BSBESB301 – Investigate micro business opportunities

BSBESB303 – Organise finances for new business venture

CPCCSP3003 – Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


Course Duration & Mode of Delivery

CTC offers this qualification by either RPL or by Training and assessment.

Enrolment is valid for two years.

Typically, RPL’s take 3 months but can be longer.  Those undertaking a training and assessment program typically take 24 months to complete the course.


Both pathways make use of our Online Learning Management system as a source of documentation.

Both RPL and Training and Assessment require face to face interaction, with training and assessment requiring two days of face to face classroom attendance per week.

Participants must be working in the industry and have the support of their employers.

Commencement Date

Please contact our office to obtain our course commencement dates.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition is available to all learners of the RTO. An application for Recognition can be made on the Application for Recognition Form.

Refund Policy and Deferments

Please refer to our Student Handbook for full details

Study Pathways

Learners who successfully complete this qualification may pathway into further study options:

CPC60212 Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) Or any other relevant qualification

Employment Opportunities

This qualification has employability skills. Participants may find employment in construction roles in businesses and other industries requiring building and construction qualifications.

Entry Requirements

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • be an existing worker in a building supervision role
  • have the support of their supervisor and employer
  • hold a minimum of a Higher School Certificate (or equivalent)
  • able to commit to the course duration and time commitment
  • Have already attained a “Whitecard”
  • Satisfactorily completed our Language Literacy and Numeracy assessment
  • Have a completed workplace support agreement, which confirms the resources required for training and assessment will be made available to the student.

Additional Requirements

Students will need to have an internet-capable laptop.

RPL Students will need this to access and potentially submit their RPL evidence

Training and Assessment Students will need this to access the learning and assessment material both in class and at home.

Course Fee

Contact our office for the current course fees for RPL and Training and Assessment

Contact Details

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