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CPC30620

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Progress your painting and decorating career by completing this apprenticeship course. Become a qualified painter and decorator and recognised tradesperson.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Far North Queensland North Queensland
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Course overview

Become a painter and decorator with this apprenticeship qualification. Continue to progress your career in a residential or commercial setting.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as painting trades workers is growing. This very large occupation is expected to create around 19,000 job openings over the next five years with employers looking for people who are reliable, hard working, and work well in a team. 

In a range of domestic and commercial settings, you'll learn how to prepare surfaces and apply paint, wallpaper and other coatings to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces. Learn a range of skills including how to handle painting and decorating tools, equipment and materials and match paint colours. Our industry-expert teachers will ensure you can work safely and effectively in a construction environment, including erecting and dismantling restricted-height scaffolding so you can work on elevated platforms.

Successful completion of this qualification as part of your apprenticeship allows you to apply to become a qualified painter and decorator and continue your career in the industry.

What can I do?

  • Painter and Decorator

Course outcome:

CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Recognition of experience

Skills and knowledge you have already gained working in the painting industry can be recognised through TAFE Queensland's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can use RPL to have your existing skills taken into account and earn your qualification sooner.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below.

Elective units will be selected in consultation with your employer and included on your training plan.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD2011
    Handle and store painting and decorating materials
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD2011
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to handle, sort and store painting and decorating materials.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Handle and store painting and decorating materials

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD2012
    Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD2012
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to select, use, store and maintain a range of commonly used painting and decorating tools and equipment.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD2013
    Remove and replace doors and door and window components
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD2013
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to remove and replace doors and door and window furniture for the purpose of painting.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Remove and replace doors and door and window components

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3021
    Prepare existing coated surface for painting
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3021
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to restore, repair and prepare different material surfaces for the application of paint.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare existing coated surface for painting

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3022
    Apply paint by brush and roller
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3022
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply brushed or rolled paint coatings to different materials to form a protective and decorative painted finish.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply paint by brush and roller

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3023
    Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3023
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply texture coat paint finishes to different surfaces using brush, roller and spray.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3024
    Apply paint by spray
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3024
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply paint by spray onto different surfaces to form a protective paint finish.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply paint by spray

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3025
    Match specific paint colours
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3025
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to colour-match new and existing painting finishes.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Match specific paint colours

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3026
    Apply stains and clear timber finishes
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3026
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply stains and clear timber finishes to different material surfaces, including previously stained or finished timber, to form a protective and decorative finish.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply stains and clear timber finishes

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3027
    Remove and apply wallpaper
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3027
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply wallpaper to walls of different materials to form a protective and decorative finish.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Remove and apply wallpaper

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3028
    Apply decorative paint finishes
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3028
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply decorative paint finishes to a range of different material surfaces.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply decorative paint finishes

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3030
    Apply protective paint coating systems
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3030
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply specialised paint coating systems as a protective measure against atmospheric conditions, sanitation and hygiene risks and the impacts of high traffic areas

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply protective paint coating systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3031
    Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3031
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to safely treat lead paint hazards.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3035
    Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3035
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to prepare uncoated surfaces for the application of paint.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPD3036
    Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPD3036
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to safely encapsulate non-friable asbestos hazards.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCCM2008
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCCM2008
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding to provide work platforms for various occupational applications.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCCM2012
    Work safely at heights
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCCM2012
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to work safely on construction sites where the worker has the potential to fall from one level to another.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work safely at heights

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCCM3001
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCCM3001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to operate specific types of elevated work platforms (EWPs) safely and effectively in different locations, including on uneven terrain.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCCM3005
    Calculate costs of construction work
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCCM3005
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to estimate materials, overheads, labour and time requirements and establish costs for the provision of products and services for construction work.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Calculate costs of construction work

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCOM1012
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCOM1012
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCOM1013
    Plan and organise work
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCOM1013
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to plan and organise basic work tasks on a construction site.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Plan and organise work

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCOM1014
    Conduct workplace communication
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCOM1014
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with other workers in a construction workplace environment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Conduct workplace communication

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCOM1015
    Carry out measurements and calculations
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCOM1015
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to undertake basic measurements and calculations to determine task and material requirements in a construction work environment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Carry out measurements and calculations

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCOM2001
    Read and interpret plans and specifications
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCOM2001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to read and interpret plans and specifications relevant to construction operations at a basic level.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCPB3026
    Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCPB3026
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to erect and monitor trestle and plank work platforms.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CPCCWHS2001
  • UNIT NAME
  • Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCWHS2001
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCWHS2001
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the outcomes required to carry out work health and safety (WHS) requirements through safe work practices in all on- or off-site construction workplaces.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Bracken Ridge
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Acacia Ridge
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ashmore
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Nambour
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Townsville (Trade Training Centre Bohle)
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30620)
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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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