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Course Overview

Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

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Course Duration:
3 years
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

Looking for an apprenticeship that will allow your creative side to emerge?
A Certificate III in Painting and Decorating apprenticeship will see you develop the expertise to creatively transform spaces and acquire valuable insights into crafting appealing environments.
Sound like your thing? Read on…

Pursue a pathway to a fulfilling profession centred around enhancing the visual appeal and practicality of both residential and commercial spaces.
This qualification provides hands-on training in surface preparation, paint application, colour theory, and decorative finishes, equipping you with the practical skills for a trade career in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.
This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Career Opportunities

Painter and Decorator
Industrial Painter
Visual Merchandiser

Opportunities for Further Study

CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Skills or Knowledge gained

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.
The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.
Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.
In this course students will learn both theoretical and practical aspects of painting and decorating enabling them to complete their apprenticeship and attain trade accreditation.
This course will develop skills in painting & preparation, wall papering, modern and traditional decorative finishes, spray painting, clear timber finishing, colour matching, texture coatings, sustainable painting practices, industrial painting and graffiti barrier coatings & removal techniques

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Students must be employed as an Apprentice in painting and decorating to undertake this qualification.
Must be 15 years of age or older for a School Based Apprenticeship.
If students are no longer at secondary school and are under 17 years of age they must have a "school leaving certificate" from the Department of Education before they can enrol in this qualification.

Limitations to course Entry:

For each learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $1,071.80 $5,359.00 $22,251.50
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $515.00 $515.00 $515.00
Total $1,586.80 $5,874.00 $22,766.50
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

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
CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings
CPCCPD3030 Apply Protective Paint Coating Systems
CPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry
CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings
CPCCPD3034 Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
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

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.