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CPC30620 Certificate III Painting and Decorating

Why Get Qualified?

CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating is the nationally recognised qualification for painters. This training is delivered by Wall and Ceiling Institute RTO No. 70212 in consultation with NIPD.

In many Australian states you must be qualified to be licensed or registered as a painting contractor. Having nationally recognised qualifications can help you find employment, start a business or become a supervisor. A qualification could help you get where you want to be.

You may be most of the way to a qualification and not realise it! Even if you have never formally studied or been trained as a painter in Australia, you may be able to have the skills you have gained through your work, or life experience recognised. You may be eligible for government assistance to complete your training. Registered Training Organisations can help you get your skills recognised. Find out more about Government Funding

You can complete Certificate III in Painting and Decorating by one of the following:

  1. Completing an apprenticeship
  2. Completing the course on your work-site
  3. Completing an RPL Skills Assessment and any required gap training.

Who is eligible?

If you have less than 4 years' experience as a painter we recommend that you complete an apprenticeship with your employer. If you can't get an apprenticeship, you can complete the course but you will need to pay for the course yourself and complete the practical tasks with another painter or one of our trainers.

If you have more than 4 years' experience you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to have your skills recognised. RPL gives you credit for everything you can demonstrate a current skill relevant to a unit of competency, and you can then complete the course by completing any gap training.

Assessment (RPL)

  • Recognise your professional skills
  • Suitable for license application in NSW, QLD, SA and WA
  • nationally recognised qualification

Contact NIPD on 1300 319 790 for an interview

Ideal for skilled painters with minimum 4 years' industry experience

Trial a free demonstration of Certificate III on-line


QLD Residents

Eligible Queensland residents may be eligible for CSQ funding. Enrolment fees under CSQ funding are $450 all inclusive.

NSW Residents

Eligible NSW Residents may be eligible for Smart and Skilled Funding. There are no enrolment fees under Smart and Skilled funding. Contact us for more details

ACT Residents

Eligible ACT residents are eligible for funding for training rebates of up to 70% of any gap training costs through the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund. Submit applications for funding through the website www.trainingfund.com.au.

Other states and territories

RPL Assessment: $1800

Payable on a payment plan of
$1,000 upfront at enrolment
$800 completion of RPL assessment
Recognition of prior learning assessment and gap training
Included in the cost of the course is the RPL Assessment of all 29 subjects. Gap training will be available once RPL assessment is complete, at $200 per unit.

Suitable for NSW Department of Fair Trading Painters, WA Building Commission, South Australian painters and QBCC License. Now available on-line/on-site.

How Does It Work?

  1. Answer the questions on-line. If you struggle with English, you can also answer the questions with a trainer by telephone or face-to-face
  2. Upload any references, previous certificates, WHS White Card, Yellow Card, licenses, copies of quotes
  3. Obtain a Third Party Report from another qualified or licensed painter who you have worked with during the last 3 years. This a detailed reference which they need to complete. We will provide you with this form.
  4. Upload photos/videos demonstrating your skills. The photos and videos should have you in them if possible, and show you demonstrating as many of the following as possible; using hand and electric tools; handling paints and solvents; painting doors, windows and walls; preparing a range of surfaces; using and erecting scaffolding up to 4 metres; using EWPs, hanging wallpaper; applying texture coating; spray-painting; matching colours; applying decorative finishes; applying two-pack epoxies; stripping lead paint safely. A series of photos that show the process is best.
  5. If there are subjects that you have never done, you can complete any necessary gap training in your work-place using our e-learning system. We run regular classes in wallpapering, lead paint removal, decorative finishes and texture coating.

How Can I Learn On-line?

You can complete the on-line subjects by:

  1. Watching the lessons on-line. There are over 1000 video lessons about every aspect of the trade. Answer the questions about the videos and complete the on-line tasks.
  2. Demonstrating the practical on-site or alternatively your trainer can organise a workshop, however is dependent upon numbers and locations etc. and will be discussed with you if required.

Do I Need Any Special Computer Equipment oR Programs?

No. The course is available on any tablet, laptop or P.C. with a web-cam. It works on any browser, but Google Chrome is best

My English is not good. Can I still do the course?

Yes, our course uses images, photos and videos to help you understand.

I completed my apprenticeship many years ago. Why do i need to do this course?

The construction industry is constantly changing. Every year there are new laws and regulations introduced for safety, sustainability or business. Technology also changes the way we paint. New products and materials mean we need to learn new skills and methods to stay up-to-date. Completing this course ensures you are completely up-to-date with all the latest techniques and safety information. It will help you become more professional, your business more profitable, and could save your life!

Will My Certificate Be Recognised?

​Certificate III in Painting and Decorating is recognised by the NSW Department of Fair Trading, the South Australian Office of Business Affairs, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, the Victorian Building Authority, the WA Building Commission, all Registered Training Organisations including TAFE, and all employers.


All previous certificates are recognised. These include U.K City and Guilds, Scottish Level 3 Certificate, European qualifications, N.Z. Apprenticeship papers, Hong Kong, Canadian and Malaysian Certificate in Painting and Decorating. Having one of these certificates will help you complete faster


If you can't get a reference from another painter, the trainer may ask you to provide more videos or visit you on-site to verify your competence


It takes about 3 hours to answer the RPL questions on-line. Everything else depends on you! Some students collect the evidence within a week or two, but others take months. We allow a maximum of 3 months to collect the evidence for the initial assessment

The amount of training is different for each person. It is possible that you may not need any training at all. If you do need training, you can complete it at your own pace on-line and on-site, or by attending a practical workshop. Most students who are working during the week take an average of 2 -3 months to complete the course. All theory can be done on-line, and you may need to attend some training if you can't do the practical yourself.


If you don't pass all the subjects during the initial assessment, it just means you might need some help to learn. We provide this help so that you achieve your goals. It is normal for even experienced painters to need a little bit of training. This training is included in our course and will help you become the best you can be.

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

29 units of competency:

  • 26 core units
  • 3 elective units

Core units

CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights

CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work

CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work

CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication

CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCPB3026 Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

CPCCPD2011 Handle and store painting and decorating materials

CPCCPD2012 Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

CPCCPD2013 Remove and replace doors and door and window components

CPCCPD3021 Prepare existing coated surface for painting

CPCCPD3022 Apply paint by brush and roller

CPCCPD3023 Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

CPCCPD3024 Apply paint by spray

CPCCPD3025 Match specific paint colours

CPCCPD3026 Apply stains and clear timber finishes

CPCCPD3027 Remove and apply wallpaper

CPCCPD3028 Apply decorative paint finishes

CPCCPD3030 Apply protective paint coating systems

CPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry

CPCCPD3035 Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting

CPCCPD3036 Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry

CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units (Only 3 needed)

BSBESB301 Investigate micro business opportunities

BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business venture

CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings

CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings

CPCCPD3033 Apply intumescent coatings

CPCCPD3034 Apply advanced decorative paint finishes

CPCCSP3003 Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces


"A great experience and was wonderful working with [the trainer]. Easy to follow videos with great information provided." - C. Watt, Adelaide, SA

"It was good easy training that i could do in my own time and there was always someone I could contact if i needed help. Thank you very much." - B. Goodwin, Dubbo, NSW

"I've learned heaps about the technical side of painting" - H. Christie, Queensland