Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace
3-4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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Course Overview

Now is the time to step into a career in the painting and decorating industry through a rewarding and hands-on apprenticeship.

In the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (Apprenticeship), you’ll learn to apply paint by brush and roller, apply texture coat finishes, match colours, apply decorative finishes, treat led paint hazards and so much more.

Getting hands-on training from industry professionals, you’ll master your skills in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work as you work and learn at the same time.

Taught both on campus and in the workplace over a three to four year period, we have designed this course so you can put your skills into action right away, making it the perfect option for those who want to get started immediately.

You’ll study a mixture of practical and theoretical classes in this creative industry, attending 10 x four day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) for the duration of your apprenticeship.

And once you finish your apprenticeship, the career opportunities are endless. Working as a Painter and Decorator, an Industrial Painter, Supervisor, Visual Merchandiser or in Retail, you’ll be able to practice what you’ve learned, gaining real-world industry experience and taking the time to decide where you’d like your career to go next.

This could mean studying a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), which will further add to your skillset and increase employment opportunities in the future.

So, if you’re looking for a varied career where you can be as creative as you like, then a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (Apprenticeship) is the perfect course to get you there and TAFE is the perfect place to make it happen.

Please note, applicants must be currently employed as an apprentice in the Painting and Decorating industry and have a valid contract of training in place.


Apprentices attend 10 x 4 day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) for the duration of their apprenticeship.
Blocks are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am-4.30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

  • Painter and Decorator
  • Industrial Painter
  • Superviser
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently employed as an apprentice in the Painting and Decorating industry and have a valid contract of training in place.
  • Minimum 15 years old


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • All personal protective equipment as would be required in the workplace, pens and pencils.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
CPCCCM2008Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2012Work safely at heights
CPCCCM3001Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCCM3005Calculate costs of construction work
CPCCOM1012Work Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry
CPCCOM1013Plan And Organise Work
CPCCOM1014Conduct Workplace Communication
CPCCOM1015Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCOM2001Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCPB3026Erect And Maintain Trestle And Plank Systems
CPCCPD2011Handle and store painting and decorating materials
CPCCPD2012Use Painting And Decorating Tools And Equipment
CPCCPD2013Remove And Replace Doors And Door And Window Components
CPCCPD3021Prepare existing coated surface for painting
CPCCPD3022Apply Paint By Brush And Roller
CPCCPD3023Apply Texture Coat Paint Finishes By Brush, Roller And Spray
CPCCPD3024Apply Paint By Spray
CPCCPD3025Match specific paint colours
CPCCPD3026Apply Stains And Clear Timber Finishes
CPCCPD3027Remove and apply wallpaper
CPCCPD3028Apply Decorative Paint Finishes
CPCCPD3029Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings
CPCCPD3030Apply Protective Paint Coating Systems
CPCCPD3031Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry
CPCCPD3032Apply advanced wall coverings
CPCCPD3034Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
CPCCPD3035Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting
CPCCPD3036Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


Assessment is competency based and includes practical tasks and written assignments.