Skills Management

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

Skills Assessment (RPL) is an assessment process that matches the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through previous ‘informal’ learning, whether through education or training, or through work and life experience, to the standards of the Australian industry trade certificate.

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.

Have I Gained Formal Learning?

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

  • Short courses delivered by an external company or rotary group
  • Special training programs delivered within your company by a supplier or manufacturer, for example to instruct in the use of spray guns, reclaimers and so on
  • Seminars, workshops or training events you may have attended

Informal Learning

Informal learning refers to experiences gained on the job whilst working within the painting and decorating industry.


A successful skill assessment relies on evidence of the following sort:

  • Photographic evidence of work undertaken.
  • References from previous employers.
  • References from other trade qualified contractors.
  • A past work experience history sheet.
  • Statements of attainment or completion from relevant courses completed.

If you cannot provide written documentation, then your assessor will rely on a verbal and written demonstration of your skills, verified by a third party.

During the assessment we may find that you have all of the skills and knowledge required to attain the complete qualification. However, it may be the case that you require further training, in the form of gap training, in one or more competencies to attain the full qualification.


The Skills Assessment course costs $627 for a member, and $715 for a non-member. Government funding may be available for eligible participants.

Course Duration

The duration of a Skills Assessment course can vary, but lasts up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

Further Information

For further information regarding this model of delivery please contact Master Painters Association Queensland Training on:

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