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CRICOS Course Code 103817B

CPC30620 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This course provides you with hands-on skills and knowledge that enable you to carry out a wide range of tasks in the painting and decorating industry. Licensing, legislative and regulatory or certification requirements for painting and decorating work differ between States and Territories. Please consult with the relevant regulatory authority. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Program Content: The training program covers 29 units of competency taken from the Qualification.

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60 weeks

Model & Delivery

Full-time & Face-to-face


Only 26 Core Units & 3 Elective units


Every month 15th

Application Fee

AUD $300*

Total Course Fee

AUD $13,130**

Resources: Students are issued with learning materials and handouts relevant to each unit.

Recognition: This course holds national accreditation under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

Assessments: A range of assessment strategies is employed for this qualification and the choice of strategy is dependent on the nature of the unit of competency. Strategies may include but not limit practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects including the maintenance of log books, action research projects, case studies and log books.

Career Opportunities: Employment outcomes resulting from the completion of this course may include the following roles: Painter or Decorator

Reassessment: Students can have three reassessments of NYC (Not Yet Competent) free of charge provided that the submission of assessments has been done on time. Further, if a student fails more than three times in the unit, the student will have to repeat that unit and charges will be AUD$350.00 per unit (GST will not be charged).

Eligibility/ Entry requirements: This qualification requires a minimum of year 12 completion or equivalent. Oceania Polytechnic requires students to be a minimum of 16 years of age and to demonstrate that they have sufficient English Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) through satisfactory completion of OPIE’s pre-enrolment LLN test. International students may be required to provide evidence of their English Language Proficiency to the minimum level of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent. (Please check the Department of Home Affairs website on for student visa requirements).

Unit Listings


Unit Code Unit Name CORE ELECTIVE
WHS & Construction Basics Module
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CORE
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work CORE
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication CORE
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications CORE
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry CORE
Lead & Asbestos Module
CPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry CORE
CPCCPD3036 Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry CORE
Calculation & Business Opportunities Module
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work CORE
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations CORE
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities ELECTIVE
BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business ventures ELECTIVE
Basic Painting Basic Skills Module
CPCCPD2011 Handle and store painting and decorating materials CORE
CPCCPD2012 Use painting and decorating tools and equipment CORE
CPCCPD2013 Remove and replace doors and door and window components CORE
CPCCPD3021 Prepare existing coated surface for painting CORE
CPCCPD3022 Apply paint by brush and roller CORE
CPCCPD3025 Match specific paint colours CORE
CPCCPD3035 Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting CORE
Advanced Painting Skills Module
CPCCPD3023 Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray CORE
CPCCPD3024 Apply paint by spray CORE
CPCCPD3026 Apply stains and clear timber finishes CORE
CPCCPD3028 Apply decorative paint finishes CORE
CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings ELECTIVE
CPCCPD3030 Apply protective paint coating systems CORE
CPCCPD3027 Remove and apply wallpaper CORE
Elevated Platforms Module
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CORE
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights CORE
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres CORE
CPCCPB3026 Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems CORE


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