CPC30620- Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Course Information

  • DELIVERY: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • COST: $2,700 + $200 non-refundable application fee

Course Description

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

Occupational titles may include:

  • Painter and Decorator.

Licensing, legislative and regulatory or certification requirements for painting and decorating work differ between States and Territories. Please consult with the relevant regulatory authority.


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.

Steps in the RPL Process After Application

Step 1 – Provide information of your skills and experience

Complete the RPL Kit forms and provide as much information of your previous experience in painting and decorating as you can. This is your first opportunity (and not the last) to provide proof of your variety of experience in the industry. Here you can supply examples of your work history which could include:

  • any licences including the General Safety Induction (Construction Industry) Card (White Card)
  • brief CV or work history
  • certificates/results of assessment including the Construction Industry White Card
  • photographs of work undertaken
  • indentures/trade papers
  • certificates/results of assessment – interstate/overseas
  • results/statement of attendance/certificates – vendor training courses, in-house courses, workshops, seminars, symposiums
  • tickets held eg elevated work platform, forklift, crane, etc
  • diaries/task sheets/job sheets/log books
  • site training records
  • site competencies held record
  • membership of relevant professional associations
  • hobbies/interests/special skills outside work
  • references/letters from previous employers/supervisors
  • industry awards
  • any other documentation that may demonstrate industry experience

You may or may not have documentary evidence available. This should not deter you from seeking RPL as the Assessor will work with you during the RPL process to help produce sufficient evidence of your skills through talking with those who have supervised or worked with you in the industry.

You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees for each of the jobs you are prosing as your evidence who can confirm your skills in the job.

Step 2 – Conversation with Assessor

An assessor will review the information you have provided (usually with you) and begin to match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. At this point, you will have the opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with the assessor who will understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You will be required to answer related questions to identify your current skills.

Step 3 – Practical demonstration of your skills

Where there are gaps found with the evidence presented and the competency conversation, your assessor will require you to undertake a practical demonstration of your skills.

The assessor will conduct a practical skills test at your workplace (if appropriate) or at another suitable venue. This, again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This assessment will be focused on skills that are required in the qualification. Your assessor will identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate.

Further steps

After the assessment, your assessor will give you information about the skills that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification. You will be issued a formal statement of attainment for the units of competency that your assessor has determined you are competent in. If you do have skill gaps, these may be addressed through flexible training through another RTO.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

29 units of competency:

  • 26 core units
  • 3 electives

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
CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings
CPCCSP3003 Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

Fees and Charges

  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • $2,700 Processing Cost


Other Charges; Certificate Reissuance; $50 per item.