Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620



The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30620) is a nationally recognised trade qualification within the Australian construction industry. It equips candidates with the trade knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform wall and ceiling lining for residential and commercial construction projects. The training includes learning about surface preparation, application of lining materials, jointing, and finishing, with a strong emphasis on meeting Australian standards and ensuring high-quality workmanship.

The course is tailored to meet the requirements of apprentices, trade assistants, or labourers employed in the building and construction industry who aspire to achieve trade qualification in their chosen field.


VC Education offers specialised training and assessment focused on industry standards, equipping you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and practical experience to attain the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

VC Education’s Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, developed by industry professionals, is designed to align with current and emerging industry trends, offering practical, real-world applications.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 29 units of competency comprised of 26 core units and 3 electives.


Must be 18 years or older
Demonstrate the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills
Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of
Practice for Construction Work. Achievement of unit CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the
construction industry meets this requirement
No formal pre-requisite required, however, it is beneficial for students to have relevant industry experience


This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment is accessible to candidates with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant industry experience. Conducted by a qualified industry expert Trainer and Assessor, the RPL Assessment process results in a personalised Training Plan outlining the units of competency for training and assessment.

Duration: Maximum 24 months


Painter and Decorator
Painter and Decorating Contractor
Painter and Decorating Licence
Painter and Decorator – Residential
Painter and Decorator – Commercial


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


CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings
CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings
CPCCPD3034 Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
CPCCSP3003 Apply trowelled texture coat finishes