Certificate III in Solid Plastering

National Code: CPC31020
TAFE SA Code: TP01279


Find your future in plastering and rendering with this trade course for apprentices. You’ll gain the essential skills you need to work on both commercial and residential construction sites. Learn from industry professionals as you get hands-on practical experience. This nationally recognised course includes erecting and dismantling scaffolding, doing accurate measurements and calculations, handling solid plastering materials, preparing surfaces for plastering, and the safe use of plastering tools and equipment. Learn how to finish floors, walls, and ceilings. Be creative with decorative mouldings and heritage work or be fully contemporary working on new builds.

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48 months 
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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


    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 (CPC31020)
    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 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 Basic Levelling Procedures 8
    Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces 100
    Apply set coats 40
    Apply trowelled texture coat finishes 80
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    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
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    Install pre-cast decorative mouldings 120
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Work safely at heights 8
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