Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

National Code: CPC31220
TAFE SA Code: TP01280


Gain a valuable trade qualification and become skilled in the latest techniques in wall and ceiling lining. Learn about installing and finishing plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting, installing suspended ceilings and building partitions, and a vast range of hands-on techniques so you can get a job as a plasterer or wall and ceiling installer.

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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

    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 (CPC31220)
    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 22 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 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 levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work 40
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Assemble partitions 35
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Construct and install bulkheads 16
    Cut and fix paper-faced cornices 40
    Finish plasterboard joints manually 60
    Fix battens 20
    Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas 40
    Fix fibre cement board 20
    Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets 60
    Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets 60
    Fix wet area sheets 20
    Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems 40
    Install suspended ceilings 40
    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
    Install and finish columns 16
    Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to arch substrate 60
    Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornices 60
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Rectify faults in drywall applications 20
    Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints 60
    Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work 60
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