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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 months (4 days per week)
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Course Overview

Do you have creative flair? Do you love getting your hands dirty and seeing a project come to life from beginning to end? Then jump into an exciting career in the painting and decorating industry with this pre-apprenticeship.

A Certificate II in Building and Construction (Painting and Decorating) (Pre-apprenticeship)will help you learn the basic skills required for entry-level employment in this creative field. You’ll also learn skills in communication, teamwork, planning and organisation, gaining the confidence and self-management needed to work independently in any environment.

Taught four days a week over a six-month period, a typical week will involve a number of interesting activities like using power tools, preparing surfaces, spray painting and paper hanging.

You’ll work very closely with our expert teachers, gaining hands-on experience and feeling supported every step of the way.

At the end of this course, you’ll feel prepared to enter the workforce in a number of creative roles, while you take the time to consider your next steps in gaining an apprenticeship and trade accreditation - because we know those decisions aren’t always easy.

Those next steps could involve studying a Certificate III in Painting & Decorating (Apprenticeship), and our friendly staff will be here to talk you through it when the time comes.

There has never been a more exciting time to start a career in the painting and decorating industry, and we are here to help you get a head start with a recognised and respected qualification.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Painting and Decorating) (Pre-apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Typical learners who undertake the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship include:

  • school leavers aiming to enter the painting and decorating trades within the construction industry
  • secondary student completing a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Victorian Education and Training (VET) VCE VET program which contributes to the VCE or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) commonly undertaken in years 10, 11 or 12
  • early school leavers working in labouring roles looking for an apprenticeship or opportunity to up skill
  • career changers wanting to experience a trade within the painting industry.

Opportunities for Further Study

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting & Decorating (Apprenticeship)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • Min Age Restrictions
  • 15 years old.
Recommended entry requirements:
  • Students should be physically fit and capable of working in door and out doors and a construction environment.
  • An interest in the construction industry would be an advantage.
Limitations to entry:
  • Must complete LLN assessment


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Work boots
  • Industry appropriate clothing
  • 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

CPCCCM1012A Work Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry
CPCCCM1014A Conduct Workplace Communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
VU22014 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU22016 Erect and safely use working platforms
VU22015 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU22038 Apply basic spray painting application skills
VU22032 Identify and handle painting and decorating tools and equipment
VU22033 Apply basic surface preparation skills for painting and decorating
VU22034 Mix basic paint colours
VU22035 Develop basic paint application techniques
VU22036 Develop basic timber staining and clear finishing skills
VU22037 Develop basic protective metal coating skills
VU22039 Apply basic wallpaper


Assessment is competency based and includes practical demonstrations, problem solving, online quizzes, and completion of workbooks.