CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Course Overview

Have you been working in the Building and Construction Industry within the painting and decorating sector and are yet to have your skills recognised? Become trade-qualified with CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating! Upon successful completion of this Qualification, you may be eligible to obtain your trade contractors licence* allowing you to work as a Painter and Decorator on residential and commercial construction works.

By obtaining this qualification, your knowledge and skills required in areas such as applying paint by spray, colour matching, decorative paint finishings, staining and applying wallpaper, are all validated.  This will not only increase employment opportunities for those seeking work, but for Sole Traders and small businesses it will add a competitive edge to your business, your available scope of works and overall reputation for your skills.

*In Queensland; successful completion of this qualification and the approved QBCC Managerial Course is the minimum requirement for applying for a Trade Contractor License – Painting and Decorating. For more information, please contact your Licensing Issuing Body or contact Fresh Start Education by telephone on 1300 980 999 or via email at enrolments@freshstart.edu.au.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years or older and will be required to demonstrate the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills.

In addition, the completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry covers this requirement.

Entrants to this program will undergo a Pre-qualification Interview to determine suitability and assess current knowledge and experience, to ensure that this is the right qualification relative to your career progression.

A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment is offered to students that can demonstrate a minimum of two (2) years industry experience. The RPL Assessment process is undertaken by a qualified industry experienced Trainer & Assessor who will measure your prior knowledge and experience against the performance criteria of the qualification. As a result, you may not need to complete the entire qualification if you already possess some of the criteria taught within this qualification. If you apply for RPL and your application is successful you could:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need to undertake training in skills and knowledge you already have
  • Save time by reducing the number of classes that you will need to attend
  • Complete your qualification in a shorter time
  • Advance to a higher-level qualification in a shorter time, if desired.
  • Students may be eligible to apply for Credit Transfer by providing evidence of previous studies where there is equivalence to the units of competency within the qualification. For more information please refer to the Fresh Start Education Student Handbook.
Course Structure

Fresh Start Education deliver relevant industry training and assessment that provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to achieve this Nationally Approved and Accredited Building & Construction qualification. Our course content has been purposefully developed to be future-focused, complete with current industry topics that are practical and relevant to your trade.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 29 units of competency; comprised of 26 core units and 3 elective units. Whilst there is no formal pre-requisite required, the building and construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

To make sure this is the right qualification for you, please review the units of competency listed below to ensure that your scope of works meets the requirements of the qualification.

Core Units

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

Work safely at heights

Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

Calculate costs of construction work

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

Plan and organise work

Conduct workplace communication

Carry out measurements and calculation

Read and interpret plans and specifications

Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

Handle and store painting and decorating material

Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

Remove and replace doors and door and window components

Prepare existing coated surface for painting

Apply paint by brush and roller

Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

Apply paint by spray

Match specific paint colours

Apply stains and clear timber finishes

Remove and apply wallpaper

Apply decorative paint finishes

Apply protective paint coating systems

Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry

Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting

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

Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

And x 3 electives to be chosen

Delivery Method

Upon finalisation of the RPL Assessment, students’ will be provided with a Training Plan outlining the units of competency to be trained and assessed. Training delivery is varied to suit the individual learner’s needs. Training may vary from online delivery, classroom based and/or one on one at your workplace. Training will be scheduled in collaboration with you prior to commencement.

Technical Requirements

Students may need regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with the following:
  • An adequate and reliable internet connection
  • At least the equivalent of Microsoft Office, with word-processing capabilities and spreadsheets
  • A PDF Reader installed
  • The Australian Building Codes Board, National Construction Code (latest version), accessed at https://ncc.abcb.gov.au/ncc-online/NCC

DURATION: Maximum 24 Months