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About the National Painting & Decorating Institute

Meet the Team

Managing Director: Mr. Daniel Wurm
After completed his training as a Painter and Decorator in Sydney in 1996, Daniel has worked as a painting consultant and trainer on major projects in Tokyo, Samoa, Bangkok, Colombo, and Papua New Guinea. He is a qualified trainer and assessor for Foundation Training Australia and Gimbal Group. In addition he is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Construction Industry Skills Council, the Green Building Institute, and the technical committee for the Good Environmental Choice Architectural and Protective Coatings Standard. In 2015 he was a Trainer of the Year Finalist at the NSW Training Awards in Sydney and holds a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.
Queensland Manager: Michael Farrugia
Michael has over 15 years experience as a painting and decorating trainer and assessor. He taught at Southern Queensland Institute of Technology, where he was one of the first trainers in Australia to introduce e-learning and audio-visual teaching methods. He was contracted by the Australian Government AusAid Program to set up the painting and decorating faculty at the Australian and Pacific Technical College, based in Fiji, where he taught students from developing countries from across the Pacific. In 2012 he established EduBytes, an international not-for-profit organisation to promote e-learning and the adoption of digital technology into the VET sector. Michael is a member of the CPSISC E-learning and Painting and Decorating Co-operatives and several of his students have participated in the WorldSkills Competition. In 2014 he established the Pacific Academy for Skills Sets, and currently works with TAFE Queensland. He holds a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.
Protective Coatings and Coatings Inspection: Matthew Burkett
Matthew has over 30 years experience in the painting industry covering residential, commercial and industrial coatings. Matthew has achieved recognition on both a local and international level. In 1988 he represented Australia in Painting at the International World Skills Competition. He is a qualified NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 3, a Registered Painter, Heritage Researcher and Coating Specifier. He established PAINTINSPEC, a coatings inspection and consultancy based in Perth, where he contracts to major top tier contractors for mining and oil and gas companies. In addition his consultancy is engaged by government agencies, commercial & residential facility developers, builders and owners. In 2014 he provided technical advice for the creation of the protective coatings unit for the NIPD E-learning system, and is a qualified trainer and assessor in the industrial coatings industry.
Protective Coatings and Coatings Inspection: Neil McFadzen
Neil holds a Masters Degree in Arts from the University of Sydney, and has over 30 years experience in the painting industry. He is a qualified trainer and assessor, painter and decorator, and a NACE Level 2 Certified Coatings Inspector. He holds Certificate III Industrial Painting and Abrasive Blasting, is a Heritage painting specialist, and is qualified in Industrial and Commercial Lead Paint Management. He is a member of the Australasian Corrosion Association, the Institute of Waterproofing and Master Painters Association of NSW
NSW Manager: Marcin Antosz
Marcin is a fully qualified painter and decorator, and trainer/assessor, with a background in graphic design. He uses his artistic flair in his work, and in 2009 he founded Natural Colour in Brisbane. He is an expert in sustainable paints and coatings, and is researching sustainable methods of waste water handling. In 2012 he worked on the Mobile PaintWash System for GreenPainters, and trains apprentices with Masters in Building Training, in NSW. He is the accreditation officer for the GreenPainters Program and has worked on award-winning heritage restoration projects.
Women in White: June Trenwyth-Morgan
June started out as a professional spray-painter in the automotive industry, but soon realised her talents lay in advanced decorative finishes. She has worked as a decorative finishes specialist for Warner Brothers, on movie and television dramas and advertising, and on Heritage listed buildings. She has over 20 years experience running her own painting business, and shares her talents with through the Women in White initiative, the GreenPainters program, Decorative Finishes short courses, and is a member of SALT (Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen). In 2014 she created the on-line decorative and advanced decorative finishes course for the NIPD E-learning LMS.

Victorian Manager: Peta Cherry

Peta has over 20 years experience as a qualified painter, and is a trainer for the Trade Institute of Victoria, Murray TAFE and Masters in Building Training. In 2013 she assisted in the development of the advanced estimating and quoting course. She holds a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training and currently trains apprentices in Victoria. She is a trainer for the estimating and business courses.
Business Trainer: Jim Baker
Jim is one of Australia's most respected painters, and author of the best selling book 'How to Become a Really Successful Painter'. Jim is one of the founding members of the Dulux Accredited Program and still runs his painting company 'Not Just a Painter', based in Brisbane. Jim writes regularly for Aussie Painting Contractor magazine, and loves mentoring and helping young painters learn how to manage and run businesses. Jim is one of our most popular business course trainers.
QLD Manager: Paul Jones
Paul is a trainer with Foundation Training Australia and Gimbal Training, servicing painters in South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. He has over 35 years experience in the industry, and has run painting businesses in New Zealand and Australia.
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The National Institute of Painting and Decorating is an incorporated non-profit organisation for the painting and decorating industry. It is run by a board of directors with a wide range of experience from across the industry. All members must be fully qualified painters and training professionals, and includes painting consultants, assessors, and specialists.
The National Institute of Painting and Decorating is the peak professional body for the Australian and Pacific painting industry. It is a collaboration between several leading painting industry consultants and is designed to improve the professionalism of the industry. It provides painters, RTOs, consumers and trainers with up to date information and advice on;
  • The latest paint technology
  • National Workplace Health and Safety legislation
  • Australian and International Standards
  • Licensing requirements
  • Nationally recognised training qualifications
  • Business Development
  • Employment and Professional Development
  • On-line and E-Learning Training Resources
  • Apprenticeships

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