CPC31220- Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

Course Information

  • DELIVERY: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • COST: $2,600 + $200 non-refundable application fee

Course Description

  • This qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and ceiling lining 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 the specialist field of work wall and ceiling liner. Wall and ceiling liners apply and fix linings for non-structural walls and ceilings.
    Occupational titles may include:
  • Wall and ceiling liner
  • Drywaller
  • Plasterer.
    State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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:

  • 22 core units
  • 7 electives

Core Units

CPCCCA3014 Construct and install bulkheads
CPCCCA3026 Assemble partitions
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
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
CPCCPB3001 Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets
CPCCPB3002 Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets
CPCCPB3003 Fix battens
CPCCPB3004 Fix wet area sheets
CPCCPB3005 Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas
CPCCPB3006 Fix fibre cement board
CPCCPB3007 Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work
CPCCPB3008 Mix plastering compounds
CPCCPB3009 Finish plasterboard joints manually
CPCCPB3010 Manually sand plaster work
CPCCPB3012 Cut and fix paper-faced cornices
CPCCWC3003 Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems
CPCCWC3004 Install suspended ceilings
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective Units

BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures
CPCCCA3001 Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
CPCCCA3010 Install windows and doors
CPCCCM2007 Use explosive power tools
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCSP3003 Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

Fees and Charges

  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • $2,600 Processing Cost


Other Charges; Certificate Reissuance; $50 per item.