The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating is a nationally recognized qualification in Australia designed to equip individuals with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to become a professional painter and decorator. This course is part of the vocational education and training (VET) sector and is typically offered by Australian Health and Management Institute (AHMI) and other registered training organizations (RTOs).


Course Overview

International Students must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment

Academic Entry Requirements: Year 12 or equivalent of Australian HSC.

English Language Entry Requirements: IELTS score 6.0 (with no bands less than 5.5) or equivalent Pearson Test of English (PTE).


Skills and Knowledge:


Surface Preparation: Techniques for preparing various surfaces, including cleaning, sanding, filling, and priming to ensure a smooth and durable finish.

Application of Paints: Methods for applying different types of paints, varnishes, and other coatings using brushes, rollers, and spray equipment.

Wallpapering: Skills for selecting, cutting, and hanging wallpaper and other wall coverings.

Decorative Finishes: Techniques for creating decorative effects such as marbling, graining, and stenciling.

Safety Practices: Knowledge of safe work practices, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), handling hazardous materials, and working at heights.

Color Matching: Understanding color theory and techniques for matching and mixing colors to meet client specifications.

Business and Customer Service: Basic skills in business operations, customer service, and communication to effectively interact with clients and manage projects.


Course Structure


Certificate III in Painting and Decorating consists of twenty nine (29) units of competency, comprising 26 core units and 3 elective units, in accordance with the packaging rules.


Core Units


Some of the core units may include:


PCCPD2011    Handle and store painting and decorating materials
  CPCCPD3036   Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry
  CPCCPD3035   Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting
  CPCCPD3028   Apply decorative paint finishes
  CPCCPB3026   Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
  CPCCPD3025   Match specific paint colours
  CPCCPD3021   Prepare existing coated surface for painting
  CPCCPD3027   Remove and apply wallpaper
  CPCCPD3026   Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  CPCCPD2013   Remove and replace doors and door and window components
  CPCCCM3001   Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
  CPCCOM1013   Plan and organise work
  CPCCPD3022   Apply paint by brush and roller
  CPCCPD3023   Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
  CPCCPD3031   Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry
  CPCCPD3030   Apply protective paint coating systems
  CPCCPD3024   Apply paint by spray
  CPCCOM2001   Read and interpret plans and specifications
  CPCCCM2008   Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  CPCCCM2012   Work safely at heights
  CPCCCM2012   Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  CPCCOM1014   Conduct workplace communication
  CPCCWHS2001   Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  CPCCOM1015   Carry out measurements and calculations
  CPCCCM3005   Calculate costs of construction work
  CPCCPD2012   Use Painting and Decorating Tools and Equipment


Elective Units


Elective units may vary depending on the training provider and can include topics like:


BSBESB407    Manage Finances for new business ventures
  CPCCSP3003    Apply Trowelled Texture Coat Finishes
  CPCCPD3029  Remove Graffiti and Apply Anti-graffiti Coatings


Duration and Delivery Mode


The course duration can vary depending on whether it is taken full-time, part-time, or as part of an apprenticeship. For full-time and part-time options, the duration can span 52 weeks, which includes 40 weeks of delivery plus a 12-week term break.


Career Outcomes


Graduates of the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating can pursue various career paths, including:

– Residential Painter

– Commercial Painter

– Industrial Painter

– Decorative Painter

– Wallpaper Installer

– Painting and Decorating Contractor


Education Pathways

Further training pathways from this qualification may lead to any of the following qualifications:

CPC40611 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades)

CPC40408 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Sales)

CPC40708 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)


Exit Point/Award

Students that successfully complete all 29 units of competency as stated in the Course Structure will be issued with CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Students that complete some but not all of the units of competency as stated in the Course Structure may be issued with a Statement of Attainment. It will identify only those units of competence that have been completed as part of the qualification and recognised nationally under the AQF.