Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620


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


On successfully completing this course, graduates will receive the nationally recognised

CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating


The duration of this course is 92 weeks and up to 18 weeks of term breaks

Face to face classroom, Practical training and assessment is completed in Nova’s Building Barn in North Melbourne


On successful completion of the course candidates can seek employment as

  • Painter and decorator


All overseas students entering this qualification must have an English Language proficiency level of one of the below:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 (Academic or general version) or equivalent internationally recognised exam result, or
  • IELTS band score of 5.0 (Academic or general version) then Satisfactory completion of ELICOS or ESL up to 20 weeks at upper intermediate level or
  • Upper Intermediate (General English) or higher certificate from a CRICOS registered English language training provider
  • In the 2 years before commencing the course, has completed secondary studies equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English language speaking country.
  • In the 2 years before commencing the course, has completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate III or higher level.

Nova Institute of Technology also has an online English proficiency test to ensure that students have the English language capacity to successfully complete this course.

For overseas students on an Australian student visa, NIT has a requirement that all students must be over 18 years of age at the commencement of course.

It is recommended that students have attained a year 12 certificate or equivalent.


Students exiting this qualification may choose to progress with further studies by undertaking one or more of the following qualifications:

  • CPC50220 Diploma of building and Construction (Building)


CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres Core
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work Core
CPCCPM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications Core
CPCCPB3026 Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems Core
CPCCPD2011 Handle and store painting and decorating materials Core
CPCCPD2012 Use painting and decorating tools and equipment Core
CPCCPD2013 Remove and replace doors and door and window components Core
CPCCPD3021 Prepare existing coated surface for painting Core
CPCCPD3022 Apply paint by brush and roller Core
CPCCPD3023 Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray Core
CPCCPD3024 Apply paint by spray Core
CPCCPD3025 Match specific paint colours Core
CPCCPD3023A Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray Core
CPCCPD3026 Apply stains and clear timber finishes Core
CPCCPD3027 Remove and apply wallpaper Core
CPCCPD3028 Apply decorative paint finishes Core
CCPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry Core
CPCCPD3035 Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting Core
CPCCPD3036 Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry Core
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core
CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings Elective
CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings Elective
CPCCPD3034 Apply advanced decorative paint finishes Elective
Face to face classes will commence on 5/11/2021 in Victoria. Students must be fully vaccinated to attend face to face classes.