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

Course Modules

Course Units
CPCCCM1012A Work Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan And Organise Work
CPCCCM1014A Conduct Workplace Communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2003B Calculate And Cost Construction Work
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2010B Work Safely At Heights
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry
CPCCPB3026B Erect And Maintain Trestle And Plank Systems
CPCCPD2011A Handle Painting And Decorating Materials
CPCCPD2012A Use Painting And Decorating Tools And Equipment
CPCCPD2013A Remove And Replace Doors And Door And Window Components
CPCCPD3021A Prepare Surfaces For Painting
CPCCPD3022A Apply Paint By Brush And Roller
CPCCPD3023A Apply Texture Coat Paint Finishes By Brush, Roller And Spray
CPCCPD3024A Apply Paint By Spray
CPCCPD3025A Match Specified Paint Colour
CPCCPD3026A Apply Stains And Clear Timber Finishes
CPCCPD3027A Apply Wallpaper
CPCCPD3028A Apply Decorative Paint Finishes
CPCCPD3031A Implement Safe Lead Paint And Asbestos Work Practices In The Painting Industry
CPCCPD3029A Remove Graffiti And Apply Protective Coatings
CPCCPD3030B Apply Protective Paint Coating Systems
CPCCPD3032A Apply Advanced Wallpaper Techniques
CPCCPD3034A Apply Advanced Decorative Paint Finishes


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