Certificate III in Solid Plastering

National Code: CPC31011
TAFE SA Code: TP00261


This course will provide Apprentices with the skills and knowledge to work on a building site in the areas of solid plastering. Apprentices will learn how to create decorative mouldings, restore and renovate plasterwork and apply plaster finishes to external and internal walls to provide protective and decorative finishes.

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Up to 48 months 

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Total Fees for the 48 month course

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.

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

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  • Employment Outcomes


    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 Solid Plastering (CPC31011)
    This course will develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career in the building and construction industry as a solid plasterer. You will learn how to finish walls, floors and ceilings in gypsum and Portland cement plasters, and construct various mouldings, textured finishes and ornamental restoration work. 15 core units plus 5 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 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 units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic levelling procedures 8
    Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces 100
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Apply set coats 40
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Cut and fix paper-faced cornices 40
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Handle solid plastering materials 8
    Plan and organise work 20
    Prepare surfaces for plastering 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Restore and renovate solid plasterwork 120
    Use solid plastering tools and equipment 80
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply plaster by projection machine 32
    Apply trowelled texture coat finishes 80
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    Erect and maintain trestle plank systems 10
    Install cast plaster blockwork 16
    Install pre-cast decorative mouldings 120
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Manage small business finances 60
    Operate elevated work platforms 32
    Use explosive power tools 16
    Work safely at heights 8
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