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: 107876C
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 Requirement

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
  • 26 core units
  • 3 Elective units
A total of 29 units of competency must be achieved.
Elective units of competency can be selected as follows:
3 from the listed electives or
2 from listed electives and 1 from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course, as long as it contributes to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome and supports the AQF level of this qualification.

Core Units

CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights

CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work

CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work

CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication

CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCOM2001* Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCPB3026* Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

CPCCPD2011* Handle and store painting and decorating materials

CPCCPD2012* Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

CPCCPD2013* Remove and replace doors and door and window components

CPCCPD3021* Prepare existing coated surface for painting

CPCCPD3022* Apply paint by brush and roller

CPCCPD3023* Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

CPCCPD3024* Apply paint by spray

CPCCPD3025* Match specific paint colours

CPCCPD3026* Apply stains and clear timber finishes

CPCCPD3027* Remove and apply wallpaper

CPCCPD3028* Apply decorative paint finishes

CPCCPD3030* Apply protective paint coating systems

CPCCPD3031* Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry

CPCCPD3035* Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting

CPCCPD3036* Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry

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

Elective Units

CPCCPD3029* Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings

CPCCPD3034* Apply advanced decorative paint finishes

BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities


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

Course Duration

This course is delivered over a period of two (2) years. The course duration is:
92 Weeks of Course duration consisting of:
  • 72 Weeks of scheduled study/tuition (8 terms of 10 weeks each)
  • 20 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).

Mode of Delivery

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

Delivery Method

ITI’s Training Delivery Methods may include, but are not limited to:
• Demonstrations of construction methods and practices • Videos, internet research • Unit learner guides and/or Self Study Guide • Relevant industry policies, procedures, and forms • Practical activities/Role plays • Site plans, layouts, and specifications • Workshop work
ITI’s Assessment Delivery Methods may include, but are not limited to:
Knowledge including:
• During training activities – to support understanding • Written or verbal assessments • During a demonstration/role play assessment (not disruptive)
Performance including:
• Demonstration, • Simulation, • Role play, • Presentation, • Briefing (report or Plan) • Video/s

Supplementary including:

• Student completed research • Students’ portfolio and work samples • Supporting documents, e.g. • Students PPTs, Reports • Third party reports
Notes: All face‐to‐face classroom delivery is conducted within the relevant ITI’s campus allocated classrooms. Face to face simulated training and assessment activities within the ITI training facilities using the allocated simulation room/area. Simulated environment includes relevant and appropriate resources, documentation, and equipment typical of an industry workplace and environment. Students are required to undertake supervised and unsupervised study and activities for this course conducted off campus

Pre‐Enrolment and Needs Analyses

• As per ITI's 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 the identification of specific learning and/or support needs.

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

• All Students must wear appropriate PPE to participate in Practical activities at the designated Workshop Area. There are no exceptions including religious grounds, (i.e. including not wearing a hard hat during the practical sessions).

Entry Requirements

International Students entering this course at ITI must meet the following entry requirements:

Age Requirement:
All international students must be at least 18 years old at the time of course application.

English Language Requirement:
Have obtained an IELTS band score of at least 5.5 – or equivalent; or 5.0 where the test score is combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS or 4.5 where the test score is combined with at least 20 weeks.

ELICOS: Note – IELTS – results are valid for two years only: reference:; or

Have completed a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level Training Package Qualification in Australia; or,

Have completed any Certificate III or Certificate IV in ESL or EAL from the ESL/EAL Framework (VIC).

Have completed the ELICOS Course: General English – Intermediate Level

Academic Requirement:

All international students must have completed Satisfactory completion of Senior secondary school certificate (Year 12 or its equivalent) overseas qualification.


ITI will review all enrolment applications to ensure entry requirements are being met prior to acceptance into a course. As part of the enrolment process students are required to complete a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) test to ensure that the student has the ability to complete the course. This test will occur prior to course commencement and will be assessed by an authorised ITI qualified Trainer/Assessor.

Language literacy and numeracy support:

Learners will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment upon enrolment to determine their suitability for this course and to identify if additional and support is required. LLN needs of students will be taken into consideration in the delivery and assessment of this qualification. ITI uses the Australian Core Skills Framework to identify and describe an individual’s performance in any of the core skills (learning, reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy (at a point in time), so that training can be targeted to areas of need and an individual’s progress monitored over time.

A Unique Student Identifier (USI):

In addition, students, will need to provide RTO with their Unique Student Identifier number. A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and letters, unique to each student. This USI allows them to link their previous and future VET qualifications into a single authenticated transcript, through the National Vocational Education and Training Data Collection, and prevents them from losing their record. This lets them see all their training results, from all their previous providers. A USI Number will stay with the student for life and must be recorded with any nationally recognized VET course they undertake.

All overseas students entering this qualification must have an English Language proficiency level of one of the below:
  • IELTS band score of 5.5 (Academic or general version) or equivalent internationally recognised exam result, or
  • IELTS band score of 5.0 (Academic or general version) and then, Satisfactory completion of ELICOS or ESL up to 20 weeks at upper intermediate level or
  • Upper Intermediate (General English) or higher certificate from a CRICOS registered English language training provider
  • In the 2 years before commencing the course, has completed secondary studies equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English language speaking country.
  • In the 2 years before commencing the course, has completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate III or higher level.



RTO: 45771
CRICOS: 03959j
City Campus: Suite 2, Level 15, 190 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Workshop: 38 Steel Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Career Outcomes

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 and Decorator


All students will be given an opportunity for re-assessment. Each student has three (3) attempts to achieve a competent outcome, including two re-submission attempts. Student will only work on the component(s) of the Task(s) that were marked “Not Satisfactory”. The re-assessment must be completed within the specified time frame provided by the trainer/assessor after assessment feedback given to the student by trainer/assessor. Please note that ITI will provide two (2) chances for re-assessment at no cost.

If student is not able to achieve competency with these opportunities, student is required to repeat the unit at own cost which will also impact on student’s extension of study period.

In case of practical tasks like role-playing, student has to redo the task by arranging the time and date with trainer/assessor.

Reasonable Adjustments

In line with Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, ITI will follow its Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedures for students who require a reasonable adjustment made to their training and assessment tasks for Units of Competency within this qualification to cater for their specific needs. This process will be communicated to all students prior to their enrolment, at orientation, in their Student Handbook and as well as in Assessment tools.

Satisfactory Course Progress

Student must maintain satisfactory course progress. At a minimum, successfully completing or demonstrating competency in more than 50% of the course requirements in a given study period is considered to be satisfactory course progress. If academic progress falls below 50% for two consecutive terms, ITI will report student to the Department of Home Affairs for not achieving satisfactory course progress. Risk interventions will be implemented on ongoing basis to identify the students at risk and will organise a student support plan

Pathways From the Qualification

Participants who complete CPC30620 may go on to enrol in CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction with other institutes or progress to a diploma. ITI shall provide students with pathway information and options.his 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.

Credit transfer

ITI will initiate the credit transfer process for a verified certificate or statement of results provided.

If credits apply the overall duration will alter and a schedule of exemptions provided.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If the recognition is valid, the overall duration of the study may change, and a list of exceptions may apply. For any further information on any Policy and procedure please refer to the website/handbook.


The areas in which a student may appeal a decision made by institute may include (but is not limited to):

Assessment decisions and outcomes, deferral, suspension or cancellation decisions made in relation to a student’s enrolment, or any other conclusion/decision that is made after a complaint has been dealt with by institute in the first instance. For any further information on any Policy and procedure please refer to the website/handbook.


Monthly installment plans are available.

Please see fee and charge policy.