Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Duration Up to 48 months Part Time
National CodeCPC30611
TAFE SA CodeTP00260
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This course provides comprehensive training for painting and decorating apprentices in all practical and theoretical aspects of the trade. Learn hands-on skills from teachers who are industry professionals, in specialised facilities tailored to provide the best educational environment, so you learn the skills your employer needs.


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Note: You must be an Australian Resident to apply for this course. For International Students please visit International Courses.

Employment Outcomes

Possible job roles include: Painter and Decorator.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30611)
23 core units:

  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • Plan and organise work
  • Conduct workplace communication
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Calculate and cost construction work
  • Work safely at heights
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • Operate elevated work platforms
  • Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
  • Handle painting and decorating materials
  • Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • Remove and replace doors and door and window components
  • Prepare surfaces for painting
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • Apply paint by brush and roller
  • Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
  • Apply paint by spray
  • Match specified paint colour
  • Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • Apply wallpaper
  • Apply decorative paint finishes
  • Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry
  • plus 4 elective units.

Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.


This course is funded through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. WorkReady funding for this course is only for a trainee/apprentice with an approved training contract.