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CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

CRICOS Course Code: 107781K


(CRICOS Course Code: 107781K) is a nationally recognised qualification for those looking for the skills and expertise required for a successful and rewarding career working in painting and decorating.

Potential Jobs: Painter and Decorator


This qualification contains the following 26 core units of competency and 3 elective units of competency. All units must be successfully achieved to receive the qualification. There are no core units of competency for this qualification:

  • 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 Core
  • 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

  • BSBESB301 – Investigate business opportunities
  • CPCCPD3029 – Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings
  • MSFID4016 – Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met.

The Course Facts



104 weeks (2 years) – 80 weeks of training and assessment spread over 8 terms of 10 weeks each and 24 weeks of holidays.

Sessions are trainer-led in-group sizes of up to 20 participants. The training program is undertaken using a planned schedule in accordance with national standards.


A pre-enrolment interview will be conducted with the Director of Studies or their delegate, to assess your suitability and capacity to undertake the course.


Face-to-face, 16 hours per week and 4 hours structured self- study. This program is delivered in the classroom and through structured self study. Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week. Practical face to face training is provided in a practical facility and on construction sites. Work placement is optional.

Classroom: Suite 2.02, Level 2, 222 Pitt St Sydney NSW 2000

Practical Location: Various construction sites and at our purpose-built practical facility.


The course will be delivered in 8 terms over a two year period.


The following identifies the units of competency to be delivered each term. This is a nationally recognised qualification, and you are required to complete assessments for each unit of competency.

Following the completion of each topic and unit of competency you will have an additional assessment task due 2 weeks after the completion of each unit. Assessment due dates are given to students at the beginning of the course and each term.

The term break can also be used to provide additional learning support for any students at risk. Evidence collected will comply with the rules of evidence.


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Term Dates 2024

Term 1 – 15 January

Term 1A – 19 February

Term 2 – 15 April

Term 2A – 13 May

Term 3 – 15 July

Term 3A – 12 August

Term 4 –  14 October

Term 4A – 4 November

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Minimum Entry Requirements

NSW Institute of Education and Training has the following entry requirements:

International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Have completed the unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.


Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:

  • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
  • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO; or
  • Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.


Students are required to provide their own laptop computer that is compatible with Australian power voltage requirements and is loaded with Microsoft Office 365 software or Open Office 365 (open source).

Sound computer skills are required that include using intermediate level Microsoft Word features. Ability to produce and present word-processed documents/ reports and undertake internet research.

As part of the learning cycle students may be required to undertake online research or activities each week in class during term time.

Application Process

To enrol into a course as an overseas student at NSW Institute of Education and Training, applicants must complete an International Student Enrolment Form, available from the website>> Apply now.

The application for enrolment must be accompanied by:

· Evidence of a High School Certificate or equivalent secondary schooling out-come

When we receive your application, our Admissions Officer will review it for completeness. When the application for enrolment is complete you will be issued a Letter of Offer (valid for 30 days), invoice for initial payment of fees and provided with an International Student Agreement for your review.

Upon approval of your application, an electronic confirmation of enrolment forwarded to you at the address provided on your application with an official receipt for the fees paid.


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Further Information

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