If you’re considering your options post-secondary school, then an apprenticeship
may be what you’re looking for. An apprenticeship offers young people employment and on-the-job training opportunities, and has the great benefit
of a career in the making upon completion.
Did You Know?
There are over 21,500 painting and decorating contractors across Australia
There will always be a demand for industry trained and qualified painters and decorators
The Painting and Decorating industry is set for a period of sustained growth, as public demand for professional contractors to develop homes,
businesses, and public projects is increasing
You can work in both the public and private sector
You will attain a high standard of expertise
Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
This qualification provides a trade outcome in Painting and Decorating for residential and commercial construction work.
The qualification has compulsory requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.
Education and Training
To become a painter and decorator you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in painting and decorating. Entry requirements may vary, but employers
generally require Year 10.
Training is usually both on and off the job. The off-the-job training is provided through Registered Training Organisations.
Duties and Tasks
Painters and decorators may perform the following tasks:
Work out the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings.
Erect scaffolding, cradles and ladders and place drop sheets to protect areas from dripping paint.
Remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, blowtorches, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate.
Prepare surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints, and washing them down to remove dust and grease.
Select and prepare paints to match colours by the addition of tints.
Brush, roll or spray paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.
When wallpapering, set out the area according to the pattern match and starting point in the room, cut the paper to the appropriate length,
apply paste to the back of each strip and hang the paper on the wall, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment.
Apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.
Wash equipment and clean work areas.
Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings
or industrial structures and equipment. They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.
Able to work at heights
Enjoy practical work
Good hand-eye coordination
Normal colour vision
Good sense of balance
Able to work independently or as part of a team
During the nominal duration of a painting and decorating apprenticeship each apprentice will need to complete the following:
27 units of competency are required for award of this qualification:
o23 compulsory units
o4 elective units
A maximum of two of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV
construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.
CPCCOHS2001A: Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM1012A: Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A: Plan and organise work
CPCCCM1014A: Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A: Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2010B: Work safely at heights
CPCCCM2001A: Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2003B: Calculate and cost construction work
CPCCCM3001C: Operate elevated work platforms
Painting and Decorating, Preparation, Field of Work, And General Core Units
CPCCPB3026B: Erect and maintain trestle and plank system
CPCCPD2011A: Handle painting and decorating material
CPCCPD2012A: Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
CPCCPD2013A: Remove/replace doors and windows/furniture
CPCCPD3021A: Prepare surfaces for painting
CPCCCM2008A: Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCPD3022A: Apply paint by brush and roller
CPCCPD3031A: Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry
CPCCPD3023A: Apply texture coat finishes by brush, roller and spray
CPCCPD3024A: Apply paint by spray
CPCCPD3026A: Apply stains and clear timber finishes
CPCCPD3027A: Apply wallpaper
CPCCPD3025A: Match specified paint colour
CPCCPD3028A: Apply decorative paint finishes
Painting and Decorating, Operations, Field of Work
Specialist Painting and Decorating, Field of Work
CPCCPD3009A: Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
CPCCPD3030B: Apply protective paint coating systems