Certificate III in Painting and Decorating



This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.


Occupational titles may include:

  • Painter and decorator.


The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.


The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.


Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Core Units


CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work

CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication

CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCCM2003B Calculate and cost construction work

CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights

CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry



Painting and decorating preparation field of work  


CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms

CPCCPB3026B Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

CPCCPD2011A Handle painting and decorating materials

CPCCPD2012A Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

CPCCPD2013A Remove and replace doors and door and window components

CPCCPD3021A Prepare surfaces for painting


Painting and decorating operations field of work  


CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCPD3022A Apply paint by brush and roller

CPCCPD3023A Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

CPCCPD3024A Apply paint by spray

CPCCPD3025A Match specified paint colour

CPCCPD3026A Apply stains and clear timber finishes

CPCCPD3027A Apply wallpaper

CPCCPD3028A Apply decorative paint finishes

CPCCPD3031A Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Elective Units

Specialist painting and decorating field of work  


CPCCPD3029A Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings

CPCCPD3030B Apply protective paint coating systems

CPCCPD3032A Apply advanced wallpaper techniques

CPCCPD3033A Apply intumescent coatings

CPCCPD3034A Apply advanced decorative paint finishes

CPCCSP3003A Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


General electives  


BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities

BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances

LMFGG2008B Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors