Skills Assessment

To undergo a Skills Assessment you must have been working within the Painting and Decorating
Industry for a minimum of 5 to 6 years FULL TIME.

A Skills Assessment (RPL) is an assessment process that matches the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through ‘formal’ education and training or through ‘informal’ learning such as work or life experience to the Australian industry standards for your trade Certificate.

You may have gained formal learning within a classroom environment. It can range from:

  • Short courses delivered within your company, external company (Dulux) or a community group (Rotary).
  • Special training programs delivered within your company by a supplier or manufacturer, for example to instruct in the use of Spray Guns, Reclaimers etc.
  • Seminars, workshops or training events you may have attended.
  • Course delivered to obtain a ticket (Elevated work platform).

Informal learning is experiences gained on the job while working within the painting and decorating industry.

A SkillsAssessment happens in a variety of ways. We need evidence from you that shows us how you meet industry standards for your trade. Evidence can be drawn from different sources:

  • Viewing of photographic evidence of work undertaken.
  • Viewing references from previous employers.
  • Viewing references from other trade qualified contractors.
  • Viewing a past work experience history sheet.
  • Viewing statements of attainment or completion from relevant courses completed.
  • Watching on site demonstration of work being carried out.
  • Verbal questioning about how the work would be undertaken.

If you do not have or are unable to provide documentary evidence of you industry experience, DO NOT PANIC.

This does not mean you are unable to continue with the RPL process. It simply means your assessor will rely on both verbal, written, demonstration of your skills and third party verification to confirm your skills.

During the Skills assessment our assessor may find that you have all of the skills and knowledge required to be granted the whole qualification. On the other hand, the assessor may find that you need to do training in one or more competencies to achieve the whole qualification.

What happens if I am not fully successful in the assessment process?

If any gaps are identified in your current knowledge or skills, the assessor will discuss the current options available and any ongoing training that you may be need in accordance to achieve your goals.

These options may include enrolling into GAP Training where we offer classes with flexible delivery.

How much will a Skills Assessment Cost?

Payments of Skills Assessments are offered in 2 ways:

  • FFS (Fees for Service) Non Member: $715, MPA QLD Member: $627
  • Government Funding through Skilling Solution may apply for eligible participants.

How long will it take to complete the Skills Assessment Process?

The length of time a skills assessment may take depends on you. Duration from beginning to end, should only take up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

What will I get when I have completed a Skills Assessment?

At the end of the skills assessment you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each competency you have successfully achieved. If your skills are very high, you may receive your full trade qualification.

A Statement of Attainment is a partial completion of your Trade Certificate.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are sets of skills that are quite different to the technical or ‘doing’ skills in your occupation. It is not only technical skills that matter to your industry but the other attributes that you acquire throughout your career and life.

Employability skills contribute to harmonious and productive working relationships and result in the effective execution of tasks. They encompass the following:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning
  • Technology

Employability Skills are embedded in your RPL assessment.