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MSM30216 Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application

This course is designed for professional industrial painters who use protective coatings, are required to work to specification, and work in a blast yard in the manufacturing, mining or shipping industry. This occupation is listed on the National Skills Priority List.
Lessons are streamed direct to the student, either on, or off the work-site. Activities and knowledge assessment is undertaken on-line
Practical activities and assessment will occur in the workplace.


Core Units
  • MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM12024A Perform computations
  • MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
  • MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
  • MEM15002A Apply quality systems
  • MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
  • MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
  • MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
Electives (these are flexible and can be adjusted to suit your experience or the workplace)
  • MEM16005A Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • MEM13001B Perform emergency first aid
  • PMBPROD248 Prepare surfaces for coating
  • MEM08016B Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions
  • MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
  • MEM08011B Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
  • MEM08014B Apply protective coatings (basic)
  • MEM08015B Apply protective coatings (advanced)
  • MEM13003B Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
  • MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MEM16011A Communicate with individuals and small groups
  • MEM07001B Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • MEM11016B Order materials
  • MEM12001B Use comparison and basic measuring devices
  • MEM15004B Perform inspection
  • MSMSUP303 Identify equipment faults
  • MSMOPS301 Treat corrosion


Experienced workers: RPL Assessment: $2950

Gap Training: $400 per unit

Traineeship: $9900 over 2.5 years

There is a minimum enrolment fee of $1500, and payment plans are available.


Subsidies are currently available for employers wanting to train their staff under formal traineeship pathways. If you employ staff who are Australian residents, claim up to $7000 in incentives just for training your staff! Find out more


Students can enrol at any time, and training/assessment is available anywhere in Australia. Training plans are self-paced, and there is no 'block training'.

RPL Assessment:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available for workers with more than 3 years experience in the industry, and credit is given for any existing tickets, including Confined Space, First Aid, Gas Atmosphere, inhouse-training, or international certificates.


RPL: 3 months to submit all evidence

Training: One month per unit to maximum of 30 months

Theory to be completed on-line (Practical to be completed on job-site)

Minimum entry requirement:

Students must be able to pass literacy and numeracy test (Year 10 equivalent)

To complete this qualification you must be currently working in an industrial blast yard with access to blasting equipment, industrial two-pack epoxies, testing and quality control tools, and conventional and airless spray guns.

Applicants must also have access to a laptop or computer with a web-cam and internet connection.


Nationally recognised qualification issued by Best Option Training RTO 41246


"I really enjoyed completing my RPL. I was a little unsure at first as to how I would go with it. . .. but the way it’s set up was really easy to follow and understand." J. Mihajlovic, Glencore, Mt Isa, QLD


Neil Mc Fadzen:

  • 38 years experience in the Painting Industry, including blasting and coating application on major infrastructure such as NSW Warragamba Dam.
  • Certificate 3 Trade Certificates in Surface Preparation and Coating.
  • Member of NACE and the Australian Corrosion Association.
  • Certified Lead Paint Abatement Contractor
  • NACE Level 2 Certified Coatings Inspector

Matthew Burkett:

  • 32 years experience in the painting and industrial coatings industry.
  • Qualified NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 3, and Coating Specifier.
  • Coatings inspector to major top tier contractors for mining and oil and gas companies.
  • Qualified trainer and assessor in the industrial coatings industry.
  • Represents NPDI on the technical committee for Australian Standards for the Painting of Buildings, and Lead Paint Standards.

Daniel Wurm:

  • 30 years experience working as a painting consultant and trainer on major projects in Tokyo, Samoa, Bangkok, Colombo, and Papua New Guinea.
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Construction Industry Skills Council, and the technical committee for the Good Environmental Choice Architectural and Protective Coatings Standard.
  • Trainer of the Year Finalist at the NSW Training Awards in Sydney 2015.
  • Diploma in Vocational Education and Training, and a Diploma in Business.
  • Paint and coating inspector for VCAT