Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

National Code: CPC30620
TAFE SA Code: TP01278


Learn all the trade secrets of painters and decorators in this comprehensive course for apprentices. You will gain skills in all the practical and theoretical aspects of the trade and learn hands-on skills from our specialist teachers who are experienced industry professionals. This is a nationally recognised trade qualification that covers work in residential and commercial projects. You will also learn all the technical and management skills you need to run your own business as a painting and decorating contractor.

Students will need to purchase and wear your own Industry required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety footwear to comply with AS/NZS 2210 with non-slip soles and steel capped boots, safety glasses and appropriate workwear (eg long pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt) for access to TAFE SA workshops and respirators to comply with AS/NZS 1715:2009

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48 months 
Painter and Decorator
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 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 (CPC30620)
    This qualification covers safety, organisation, communication, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and specifications and costing construction work. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 26 core units plus 3 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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 paint by brush and roller 100
    Apply paint by spray 80
    Apply protective paint coating systems 30
    Apply stains and clear timber finishes 40
    Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray 40
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Calculate costs of construction work 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems 10
    Handle and store painting and decorating materials 16
    Match specific paint colours 50
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Plan and organise work 20
    Prepare existing coated surface for painting 30
    Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting 30
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Remove and apply wallpaper 50
    Remove and replace doors and door and window components 4
    Use painting and decorating tools and equipment 80
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8
    Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry 20
    Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply advanced decorative paint finishes 40
    Apply advanced wall coverings 30
    Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings 30
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