CPC30611 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Good at painting and decorating? Get some recognition.

Your expertise in Painting and Decorating from working in the construction industry, like measuring, calculating costs, and interpreting plans, may have already qualified you for formal recognition.

Perfect for those who wish to gain certification, improve their opportunities for employment, or get established in the field of Painting and Decorating, this field rewards skills in planning, organising, preparing surfaces, matching specific paint colors, and applying decorative paint and wallpaper finishes.

Design your career palette in Painting and Decorating to color your world.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 27 units of competency:

  • 23 core units

  • 4 elective units.

A maximum of two of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 

Unit code

Unit title


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


Calculate and cost construction work


Work safely at heights


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Painting and decorating preparation field of work

Unit code

Unit title


Operate elevated work platforms


Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


Handle painting and decorating materials


Use painting and decorating tools and equipment


Remove and replace doors and door and window components


Prepare surfaces for painting

Painting and decorating operations field of work  

Unit code

Unit title


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Apply paint by brush and roller


Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray


Apply paint by spray


Match specified paint colour


Apply stains and clear timber finishes


Apply wallpaper


Apply decorative paint finishes


Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Elective units 

Specialist painting and decorating field of work  

Unit code

Unit title


Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings


Apply protective paint coating systems


Apply advanced wallpaper techniques


Apply intumescent coatings


Apply advanced decorative paint finishes


Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

General electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors

Not applicable.

This qualification does not require any licensing..

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