CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

Course Overview

​Have you been working in the Building and Construction Industry within the wall and ceiling lining (plastering) sector and are yet to have your skills recognised? Become trade-qualified with CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining! Upon successful completion of this Qualification, you may be eligible to obtain your trade contractors licence* allowing you to conduct wall and ceiling lining operations on residential and commercial projects as a Wall and Ceiling Liner, Drywaller or Plasterer.

By obtaining this qualification, your knowledge and skills required in areas such as common skills for the construction industry, as well as skills and knowledge in the specialist field of work wall and ceiling lining; applying and fixing linings for non-structural walls and ceilings 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 – Wall and Ceiling Lining. 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.

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.

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 22 core units and 7 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

Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

Plan and organise work

Conduct workplace communication

Carry out measurements and calculations

Read and interpret plans and specifications

Work safely at heights

Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets

Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets

Fix battens

Fix wet area sheets

Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas

Fix fibre cement board

Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work

Mix plastering compounds

Finish plasterboard joints manually

Manually sand plaster work

Cut and fix paper-faced cornices

Construct and install bulkheads

Assemble partitions

Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems

Install suspended ceilings

And x 7 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