Daniel Wurm | 08 Jan 2019
The national qualification for painters and decorators has been reviewed and is getting a major update.
On behalf of the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC, Artibus Innovation has reviewed and developed the CPC30619 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating qualification and 19 units of competency.
A technical advisory group has met frequently to discuss the update of the qualification and has provided key input into the development of the units of competency and assessment requirements and has considered the feedback received. A validation round is now open until Thursday 13th June, 2019. This review has been guided by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and has received feedback and contributions from industry practioners and teaching networks as well as State Training Authorities.
This important work happens about once every 12 years and it sets the curriculum for apprentices for the next decade. Artibus Innovation is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. Certificate III Painting and Decorating is the nationally recognised qualification for painters and required for licensing in SA, NSW, and QLD, and can be used for registration in WA and Victoria. It is the certificate issued to apprentices on completion of training.
New draft changes include:
Only 28% of employers say they are happy with the training their apprentices receive at TAFE or colleges and 73% say that apprentices require more training in preparation of surfaces. This has led to employer dissatisfaction with training outcomes and poor technical skills in the industry.
Rope access has been part of the trade for over 130 years and was traditionally known as a 'bosun's chair'. It has been taught at several TAFEs around Australia for many years. Many painters are learning this skill again so as to be able to do painting maintenance on multi-story buildings. Currently it is only taught at non-accredited colleges with un-recognised qualifications, which is dangerous for such a high risk activity. It is important that this part of trade training is subject to the Australian Quality Training Framework.
The proposal is for the subject to be an elective in the future. This means it does not have to be part of the course and would only be chosen by employers who do industrial rope access work.
The industry survey showed that about 50% of the industry supported the development of the unit. Artibus is consulting with other trades to establish whether the unit will be developed.
No, in fact there are two new units that have been developed as core units to address the issues of poor trade skills in the industry. These units are on encapsulation of asbestos, and an additional unit on surface preparation. In addition, more training will be provided in spray-painting, and training in protective coatings will now be compulsory for all painters.This means that apprentices will recieve additional training in the skills that really make the difference between a handyman and tradesman.
It will still be compulsory for all painters to learn gilding, imitation woodgraining and imitation marbling.
The proposed course includes 26 compulsory subjects and 3 electives. This allows employers and students to choose subjects that they feel would be valuable to them and that they can specialise in. Employers and students choose up to 3 subjects as electives. Therefore, no apprentices are learning everything related to the trade. The electives include anti-graffiti coatings, intumescent coatings, financial management, business legal requirements, advanced wallcoverings and advanced decorative finishes (such as murals, gilding and traditional finishes). This allows painters to specialise in certain skills. It is not possible to do all 32 subjects within the time for the apprenticeship.
No. This has nothing to do with the duration of apprenticeships. However, it will now take longer to complete training as there are two new subjects.
The National Painting and Decorating Institute urges all employers and painters to comment on the proposed changes so that we can bring the trade into the 21st century and provide the industry with the skills they need for the modern building industry.
The latest version of the qualification and units of competency are available for stakeholders to ensure that their content and structure meet your industry’s needs. The validation stage will end at close of business Thursday June 13, 2019. Survey takes 3 minutes to complete and will be your final chance to have your say on the qualification.