CPC30620 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work. The training and assessment leading to recognition of skills for the purpose of this courses are undertaken in a real/actual or a very closely simulated workplace environment.

CPC30620 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
CRICOS Course Code: CPC30620
Course Name: Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
Aims and Outcomes:The course is highly recognised by the building and construction industry as the trade level program for carpentry and covering work. Learners undertaking this course shall achieve:

  • Skills and knowledge required to communicate within team/project environment
  • Develop knowledge of painting and paint finish techniques
  • Develop skills for hand and spray gun painting
  • Prepare painting jobs and organise work
  • Painting and paint mixing knowledge, practice, and constructions

This course prepares candidates to start a career in painting and decorating.
Licensing: There are no licensing or regulatory requirements for this course. However, 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 standalone unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Course Structure & Information

Training Package

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
  • 27 core units; and
  • 7 Elective units
  • A total of 34 units of competency must be achieved.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 26 core units
  • Elective units

A total of 29 units of competency must be achieved.

Course Duration

This course is delivered over a period of two (2) years. The course duration is:
92 Weeks of Course duration consisting of:
  • 80 Weeks of scheduled study/tuition (8 terms of 10 weeks each)
  • 12 Weeks of scheduled breaks/holidays (6 breaks of 1 week between the terms and 6 weeks of Christmas break)

A minimum of 20 contact hours per week of study/tuition have been scheduled by ITI – to ensure students meet their student study Visa conditions. The course duration may vary for students who have been granted credits or RPL towards this course (e.g., students having completed any units in a previous course/qualification).

Units of Competency

Based on the course outcomes and curriculum requirements, the following units of competency have been selected for this qualification:

Unit Code and Title Type
CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights Core
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres Core
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work Core
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCOM2001* Read and interpret plans and specifications Core
CPCCPB3026* Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems Core
CPCCPD2011* Handle and store painting and decorating materials Core
CPCCPD2012* Use painting and decorating tools and equipment Core
CPCCPD2013* Remove and replace doors and doors and window components Core
CPCCPD3021* Prepare existing coated surface for painting Core
CPCCPD3022* Apply paint by brush and roller Core
CPCCPD3023* Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller, and spray Core
CPCCPD3024* Apply paint by spray Core
CPCCPD3025* Match specific paint colours Core
CPCCPD3026* Apply stains and clear timber finishes Core
CPCCPD3027* Remove and apply wallpaper Core
CPCCPD3030* Apply protective paint coating systems Core
CPCCPD3031* Work safely with lead‐painted surfaces in the painting industry Core
CPCCPD3035* Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting Core
CPCCPD3036* Work safely to encapsulate non‐friable asbestos in the painting industry Core
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industry Core
CPCCPD3029* Remove graffiti and apply anti‐graffiti coatings Elective
CPCCPD3034* Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
BSBESB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
* These units have a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit(s) must be assessed before assessment of any unit of competency with a prerequisite requirement.


CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industry

Mode of Delivery

Face‐to‐Face: Classroom and building and construction simulated environment; Instructor‐led.

Learning Environment

All students will have access to purpose‐built workshop facilities, equipment, resources, and trade tools. Where needed, a simulated environment will be created to resemble real‐life work practices, activities, and challenges; and to prepare the candidates to effectively transition to work after completion.

The learners will have an opportunity to learn, practice and apply elements of competency while undertaking routine work on work sites. Classroom sessions will be organised in a group environment, simulating work practices, and undertaking knowledge‐based, and team‐based activities. While workplace training and assessment is not mandated by the course, the college may arrange visits to worksites as excursions and learning opportunities.

Learning Outcomes (AQF Specification)

Graduates of a Certificate III will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With discretion and judgement in the selection of equipment, services, or contingency measures
  • To adapt and transfer skills and knowledge within known routines, methods, procedures, and time Constraints
  • In contexts that include taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning including participation
  • In teams and taking limited responsibility for the output of others within established parameters

The Certificate III qualifies individuals who apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

Target Audience

This program is primarily aimed at current building and construction workers who wish to build a career in painting and decorating. The course is equally applicable to mature aged applicants looking for a career‐change. ITI’s clients for this qualification will be international students completing this qualification as part of a packaged course. Key audience characteristics include:
Cohort 1: On‐Shore International Students
  • Aspiring painters with fundamental interest in building and construction related careers.
  • Students having complete an English Language course
  • Students transferring from other certificate level qualifications with a view to develop a career in building and construction industry.
  • Age group: 18 years and above
  • Limited casual or student work experience, including some related experience.
  • Career and further education aspirations
Cohort 2: Off‐Shore International Students
  • International students applying from overseas to study in Australia on a student visa Year 12 or equivalent
  • Aspiring carpenters and joiner with fundamental interest in building and construction related careers
  • Student enrolling in packaged courses with Certificate IV and Diploma in building and construction to develop a strong trade and academic profile supported by practical experience
  • Age group: 18 years and above
  • Limited casual or student work experience (home country)

Pre‐Enrolment and Needs Analyses

As per its Admission and Enrolment Policy and Procedure, ITI conducts pre‐ enrolment Client Needs Analysis to determine course suitability, existing skills and knowledge and an early detection of any learning needs. Pre‐enrolment analysis includes LLN testing and identification of specific learning and/or support needs. A pre‐enrolment interview may also be conducted.

RPL and credit transfer opportunities are provided at the time of enrolment, and an option for students to apply at time during their studies.

ITI’s LLN and student support policies support these processes.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement
English Language (International Students) IELTS 5.5 or higher with a minimum score of 5.0 in each band Or Equivalent TOEFL (46), PTE (42), GE Upper Intermediate or EAP
Academic Level Year 12 or higher
Age Must be 18 years of age on commencement

Academic Pathways

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
  • School leavers with interest in building and construction
  • Candidates with some building and construction or related experience
Pathways from the qualification: Participants who complete CPC30220 may go on to enroll in CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction with other institutes or progress to diploma. GTI shall provide students with pathway information and options.

Rules of Progression: Packaged Courses

Students who enrol in packaged courses, i.e., enrolling in certificates courses leading to diploma or advanced diploma courses MUST fully complete each preceding qualification before they can progress to the next one (e.g., a certificate III must be completed before a student can progress to a certificate IV, and a certificate IV must be completed before a student can progress to a Diploma etc. as part of packaged courses).

Students failing to achieve satisfactory academic outcomes will be subjected to college’s Course Progress and Completion within Expected Duration policies and procedures.

AQF Criteria

Graduates at this level will have; Factual, technical, procedural and some theoretical knowledge of a specific area of work and learning.

A range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a specialised range of methods, tools, materials, and information to:
  • Complete routine activities
  • Provide and transmit solutions to predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for work and/or further learning.

Supported Job Roles

This course is designed to give learners industry skills so they can start a career in the building industry.

Example of possible job roles include:
  • Painter – Commercial
  • Painter – Residential
  • Decorator


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