CPC30620 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

RTO Code : 40298

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Whether individuals are looking to embark on a new career path or augment their existing skills, this course offers an invaluable opportunity. It serves as a stepping stone towards becoming a proficient tradesperson or starting an independent business within the painting and decorating industry. Individuals will gain proficiency in various techniques, tools, and methods essential to excel in painting and decorating.


This qualification aligns seamlessly with the Australian Apprenticeship /Traineeship pathway, offering a structured approach for those pursuing careers in this trade. It’s important to note that licensing, legislative requirements, and certifications for painting and decorating work can vary across States and Territories. Prospective candidates are encouraged to consult with the relevant regulatory authorities to understand the specific prerequisites in their area.


While there are no licensing or regulatory prerequisites for this course, completion of the general construction induction training program, such as CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry, is mandatory for individuals involved in construction work. This aligns with the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work.

Study Mode and Assessment Methods

Online + Face to face (Blended)

Concession Eligibility

Students who hold any of the following concession cards at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to for a concession fee:

  • Hold a health care card
  • Hold a pensioner concession card
  • Hold a pensioner concession card issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Are a prison inmate, a detainee, on remand, held in a South Australian institution in connection with the commission of an offence, or a child in a South Australian detention centre older than 16 years.

Please note: Proof of eligibility for concession must be demonstrated at the time of enrolment.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, contact Centrelink before your enrolment.

The student tuition fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.


This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia’s subsidised training indicative https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/subsidised-eligibility. The eligibility check is an indication only and does not confirm the eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment.

If eligible for subsidised training, apprentices and trainees are required to pay a Student Contribution Fee. The Student Contribution Fees are charged minimum at the rate of $0.50 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the commencement of the unit of competency/module.

If agreed between the employer and the apprentice/trainee, student contribution fees can be paid by the employer.

Traineeship Contribution Fee – $1250

Concession Fee – $350

Fee for Service – $9500

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After completing CPC30620 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating students may progress to higher education courses.

This qualification enables the student to seek employment in the following job roles:

  • Painter and decorator

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Course Structure

There are 29 units in this qualification out of which 26 are core and 3 are elective units. The Salford College Industry Advisory Panel has recommended the elective units which are most suitable for the workplace.

CodeTitleCore or Elective
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industryCore
CPCCOM1012Wok effectively and sustainably in the construction industryCore
CPCCOM1013Plan and organise workCore
CPCCOM1014Conduct workplace communicationCore
CPCCOM1015Carry out measurements and calculationsCore
CPCCCM3005Calculate costs of construction workCore
CPCCOM2001*Read and interpret plans and specificationsCore
CPCCPD2011*Handle and store painting and decorating materialsCore
CPCCPD3035*Prepare uncoated surfaces for paintingCore
CPCCPD3036*Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industryCore
CPCCCM2008*Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingCore
CPCCCM3001Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metersCore
CPCCCM2012*Work safely at heightsCore
CPCCPB3026*Erect and maintain trestle and plan systemsCore
CPCCPD2012*Use painting and decorating tools and equipmentCore
CPCCPD2013*Remove and replace doors and doors and window componentsCore
CPCCPD3021*Prepare existing coated surface for paintingCore
CPCCPD3022*Apply paint by brush and rollerCore
CPCCPD3023*Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller, and sprayCore
CPCCPD3024*Apply paint by sprayCore
CPCCPD3025*Match specific paint coloursCore
CPCCPD3028*Apply decorative paint finishesCore
CPCCPD3026*Apply strains and clear timber finishesCore
CPCCPD3027*Remove and apply wallpaperCore
CPCCPD3030*Apply protective paint coating systemsCore
CPCCPD3031*Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industryCore
CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industryElective
BSBESB301Investigate Business OpportunitiesElective
CPCCPD3029Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatingsElective
There is a Pre-requisite requirement for units marked with * Unit
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
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