Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

National Code: CPC30611
TAFE SA Code: TP00260


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. Training facilities are tailored to provide the best educational environment for learning so Apprentices learn the skills employers need.

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Up to 48 months 
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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Painter and/or 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)
    Skills covered include safety, organisation, communication, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and specifications and costing construction work. 23 core units plus 4 electives.

    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply decorative paint finishes 114
    Apply OHS Requirements, Policies and Procedures in the Construction Industry 20
    Apply paint by brush and roller 100
    Apply paint by spray 80
    Apply stains and clear timber finishes 40
    Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray 40
    Apply wallpaper 50
    Calculate and cost construction work 20
    Carry Out Measurements and Calculations 20
    Conduct Workplace Communication 20
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Erect and maintain trestle plank systems 10
    Handle painting and decorating materials 16
    Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry 20
    Match specified paint colour 50
    Operate Elevated Work Platforms 32
    Plan and Organise Work 20
    Prepare surfaces for painting 40
    Read and Interpret Plans and Specifications 36
    Remove and Replace Doors and Door and Window Components 16
    Use Painting and Decorating Tools and Equipment 80
    Work Effectively and Sustainably in the Construction Industry 20
    Work Safely At Heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply advanced decorative paint finishes 40
    Apply advanced wallpaper techniques 30
    Apply intumescent coatings 50
    Apply Protective Paint Coating Systems 30
    Apply trowelled texture coat finishes 80
    Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors 72
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Manage small business finances 60
    Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings 30
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