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Victorian Painters Registration

If you’ve heard about the new laws concerning painters licensing and painters registration in Victoria, but are not sure what it’s all about, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll explain the new painters registration and painters licence requirements in Victoria. If you are a painter in Victoria, or run a painting business in Victoria these changes may apply to you.

Recently, the Victorian Government made some changes to the Building Act 1993. These changes are called the Building Amendment (Registration of Building Trades and Other Matters) Act 2018. Compulsory registration and licensing for Painting and Decorating is scheduled to be implemented in coming years.

In Victoria registration is already mandatory for painters performing residential work with a value of more than $10000, where they are performing more than one class of work. For example, if a painter performs painting and one of the following classes of work on the same contract:

  • Glazing of windows
  • Plasterboard sheeting
  • Solid plastering and rendering
  • Door and window installation

To get registered you must be qualified. To become a qualified painter you can either:

In addition to being a qualfied tradesperson, you also need to complete the following prescribed units of competency:

  • CPCCBC4026 Arrange building applications and approvals
  • CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract

You can now obtain all the above qualifications through the National Paintng and Decorating Institute.


The objectives of the new registration and licensing scheme are:

  • there is greater accountability for non-compliant work
  • there is confidence that people who carry out or perform restricted work have adequate qualifications, skills and experience
  • incentives for skills formation in the building industry are improved (including completion of apprenticeships)
  • there is relative consistency between the approach taken to trade contractors and building trade employees so as not to create incentives for the replacement of employees by trade contractors, including the use of ‘sham’ contracting arrangements
  • the incidence of non-compliant building work is reduced
  • builders will not be allowed to contract unqualified and unregistered painters. This means more opportunities for qualified and skilled painters
  • less risk to the public. Qualified painters understand how to identify lead paint and asbestos, and treat it correctly.


The new changes are going to impact trades working as subcontractors who are not registered. The changes may impact your ability to work in your current capacity.

The National Painting and Decorating Institute have dedicated licensing and registration specialists who are here to help. Our staff can give you advice and information on your next steps to getting your licence or registration, so that you can continue working.


If you are already qualified and hold a trade certificate from completing an apprenticeship, or have completed Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, we recommend waiting until further details are released before doing anything about registration. We have recommended to the government that these qualifications should be recognised for registration purposes.

What does the word 'qualified' mean? It means you have completed a formal course and assessment of your skills and knowledge at a government recognised college. Simply having 'experience' is not enough to be 'qualified'. Painters who are qualified have a certificate from TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation to confirm their competence.


If you are not qualified and have less than 4 years experience in the industry we recommend completing an apprenticeship with an employer, so you can learn the trade properly. If you are not qualified but have more than four years experience you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to achieve Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. This is a process where you will be tested on your existing skills and knowledge, and given credit for what you are already competent in.

There are usually some subjects that painters need gap training or upskilling in. These subjects usually include wallpapering, colour matching, decorative finishes, and safe lead paint testing and removal. It is very common for even experienced painters to need training in these subjects. After conducting the RPL assessment we will provide you with training in any subjects you need training in before issuing you the qualification. Look at this as an opportunity to learn new skills and perhaps grow your business.



Payment plan: $1000 to get started. Balance within 3 months.

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating qualification issued by Best Option Training RTO 41246. For the full list of units click here

Training is offered on-line, on-site and in our Mobile Painting Campus.



"What an amazing course program!! The way the course is presented, laid out and detailed is the first I have come access to be so user friendly, self explanatory and informative. Very simple to follow and complete at your own time. The trainer is always available to assist and he has very much know how. I have spoken to a couple of other training organisations just to find out that they are very much loose about their approach to the course, and would do anything to sign me up and pass the course without real concern to the industry and or the education itself which it’s all about. I would highly recommend National Painting and Decorating Institute for the place to go for Cert III in Painting and Decorating, and all other industry related certificates." - S. Whitham, Melbourne Painting Company

"Overall was a great experience and taught me a lot." - J. Frendo, Moe