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Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

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Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work. Painting Trades Workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

This course aims to provide pathways for individuals for employment in this critical-skills growth sector where there is a shortage of qualified workers in various regions of Australia.

Gain skills that can be used anywhere

Learn in a style that suits you

Get the qualifications that employers want

This nationally recognised Certificate III in Painting & Decorating course will provide the skills necessary for an exciting career as a painter or decorator. This qualification is guaranteed to enhance your skills and improve your craft as a licensed painter and decorator.

A certificate III in painting and decorating is usually needed to work as a Painting Trades Worker.


This course is designed to be completed within 1.75 years – 7 Terms of 10 weeks with term breaks.

Study Mode

This Course can be completed on Campus in Sydney.

20 hours a week (13.5 hours of timetabled sessions plus 1.5 hours of supervised self-study, minimum of 5 hours of online study)

Areas Covered
  • Prepare surfaces for painting
  • Apply paint using different tools
  • Apply wallpaper
  • Use a variety of painting equipment
  • Create textured surfaces
  • Work in the construction industry
  • Embed WHS policies and procedures in the workplace
Course 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
  • CPCCCM1013 Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014 Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001 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
  • 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 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
  • BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
  • BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business venture
  • CPCCPD3034 Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
Career Opportunities

This course aims to provide pathways for students to contribute to skill demands in various regions of Australia. Click here for more information on the skilled occupation list for Australia.

  • Painter
  • Decorator

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work. To get a painting contractor’s license in many Australian states, you must have an appropriate qualification such as our Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.


This course will be delivered by qualified trainers with extensive and current experience in painting, decoration and training/assessment.

Entry Requirements

To ensure that you have every opportunity to succeed in your studies, we need to make sure that your knowledge and skills are right for your chosen qualification. So when you apply for our courses, we will ask for evidence that shows you meet the following requirements:

  • Age: 18 years or above
  • Education: Completion of at least 11 years of formal schooling
  • English: An upper-intermediate level of English or higher
  • Equipment: Laptop computer and access to internet connection to study in class and/or online.
  • Course-Specific Entry Requirement: N/A

Students studying fully online: To meet the above requirements please provide a passport or other valid identify documentation when applying to study with Pacific Training Group. You will also be required to undertake an LLN questionnaire after we have received your application. Once enrolment is confirmed, you will need to use your laptop and internet to undertake your course.

Students studying on a student visa: To meet the above requirements please provide a passport, certificate of your highest level of study, and any English test that you have undertaken when applying to study with us. If you are unsure of what you need to provide please click the link below or contact us; we will also contact you if further information is required. Once enrolment is confirmed, you will need to use your laptop and internet to undertake your course.

Click here for more details on meeting PTG’s entry requirements.

English Language Pathway

If you don’t yet meet our English Entry requirements, we can help get you there. We’ve partnered with Sunshine Coast International College (SCIC) to offer non-English speaking students the chance to work on their English language skills either on-campus in Australia or online from anywhere in the world before progressing through to any of our vocational online or blended courses. You can learn more about our English Pathways Program

Price and Payment Options
Full Course Fee$17,500
Per Term (7 payments)$2500
Monthly (21 payments)$1000
Weekly -

Additional fees:

  • Enrolment fee: $200 AUD paid at time of enrolment (On-Campus)
  • Material fee: Material Fees $500 (On-Campus)
  • Discounts are available for upfront payments

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With a range of creative projects and essential business skills, this Diploma will take your career up several notches. From planning individual spaces or selecting materials for clients; this course has it all!

You will learn:

  • Planning, arranging and styling a space
  • Detailed client presentations
  • Colour schemes, furniture and fabrics,
  • Fixtures and lighting
  • Working with builders and architects
  • Detailed design documentation

Standard Duration

2 years

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