Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

National Code: CPC31211
TAFE SA Code: TP00262


As an Apprentice you will gain practical training with this hands-on course. Gain a trade qualification and learn the latest in wall and ceiling lining skills so that you can become an asset to any employer with your plastering industry apprenticeship.

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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.

  • 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

    Wall and Ceiling Liner.

    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 Wall and Ceiling Lining (CPC31211)
    This course includes skills relating to the wall and ceiling lining field of work include installing and finishing plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting, installing suspended ceilings and building partitions, setting the joins and sanding, installing passive dry-wall fibre rated and sound rated systems and installing insulation. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 19 core units plus 7 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 levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work 40
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Cut and fix paper-faced cornices 40
    Finish category 1 and 2 wet areas 20
    Finish plasterboard joins manually 60
    Fix battens 20
    Fix ceiling sheets to external proctected areas 40
    Fix fibre cement board 20
    Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets 60
    Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets 60
    Fix wet area sheets 20
    Manually sand plaster work 16
    Mix plastering compounds 20
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic levelling procedures 8
    Apply trowelled texture coat finishes 80
    Assemble partitions 32
    Carry out general demolition of minor building structures 32
    Complete penetrations and flashings 20
    Construct bulkheads 16
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Erect and maintain trestle plank systems 10
    Inspect equipment for serviceability 10
    Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems 20
    Install and finish columns 16
    Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to arches 60
    Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to curved walls and ceilings 40
    Install and fix residential acoustic plaster products 40
    Install batt insulation products 16
    Install ceiling insulation 30
    Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems 40
    Install pre-cast decorative mouldings 120
    Install suspended ceilings 40
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Load and unload plaster and plaster-related products 6
    Manage small business finances 60
    Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornices 60
    Operate elevated work platforms 32
    Plan travel routes 10
    Rectify faults in plaster applications 20
    Store plasterboard and related products 10
    Use explosive power tools 16
    Use manual handling equipment to manoeuvre plaster products 10
    Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints 60
    Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work 60
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