CPC30620 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Qualification Description

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

The CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating requires the successful completion of twenty-six (26) core units and three (3) elective units. Electives for this qualification should be chosen to ensure that students achieve a broad range of skills and knowledge in Painting and Decorating.


Potential Careers

Painter and Decorator

Practical Skills

Painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.

Mode of Delivery

Face to Face

100% Face to Face Training
Trainer led sessions with in-class experiential activities


SCSB Campus: Suite 603, Level 6, 2 Meredith Street, BANKSTOWN NSW 2200
Workshop: 3/12 Anne Street, Saint Marys NSW 2760

Course Duration

This qualification will be delivered over 104 weeks, including 80 weeks of training and assessment spread over 8 terms of 10 weeks each plus 24 weeks of holidays.

Who Should Undertake This Qualification

This qualification is aimed at students who would like to enhance their skills and knowledge to create further educational and employment opportunities for themselves.

SCSB identifies if the student completes this qualification, they could gain roles as Painter and Decorator. The student can undertake this course if they are seeking to enter a new industry sector or wish to continue their education into the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction, as well as higher level qualifications in building and construction.

Course Entry Requirements

Students Must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have sub Class 500 Student Visa (In case of International Students).
  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent and above.

Academic Course Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS score 5.5 minimum (no lower than 5.0 in each band); or
  • Cambridge First Certificate of English – Grade C (162-168); or
  • TOEFL Paper-based (PBT) score of 525; or
  • TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) score 70; or
  • TOEIC (list/Read-620; Speak/Writ-260); or
  • PTE Score 42
  • English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following: Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or Successful completion of an English Placement Test
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy

    Each student must complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Indicator Tool. This LLN evaluation will assist Southern Cross School of Business in identifying each learner’s needs and appropriate support to be offered if and when required.

    Unique Student Identifier

    Each student must provide their USI (Unique Student Identifier) before they are to commence their studies. If you do not have a USI, you can create one at: https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi

    Assessment Overview

    Each unit of competency in CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting & Decorating comprises of assessment tasks such short answer questions, projects incorporating role-plays, Case Studies, role-plays and observations must be completed in full before being submitted for marking. Assessments for qualifications are competency based, which means students are assessed against the unit of competency (unit) requirements.

    Assessment marking system:

    • Competent (C) result: the student’s submitted work satisfies the learning requirements and all competency standards for the unit (in accordance with the National Register https://training.gov.au/).
    • Not Yet Competent (NYC) result: the student’s submitted work does not demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in the unit. If a student receives a ‘Not Yet Competent’ outcome, he or she will receive written feedback from a trainer/assessor, clearly outlining where the gaps are. The student will then be required to rectify these gaps and re-submit their assessment for marking.
    Once a student receives a satisfactory result for all required assessment tasks a competent (C) outcome will be awarded for the entire unit. The student must demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in each unit before receiving a competent outcome.
    Students have three (3) attempts to demonstrate competency, otherwise a unit re-enrolment fee applies (please see fee schedule contained in the Student Handbook).

    Learner Resources

    SCSB provides CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting & Decorating students with access to a wide range of learning resources including Learner’s Guide, Power point slides, a Self-Study Guide and other assessment resources. Some of those resources have been developed in-house whereas most learning resources have been purchased from reputable resource providers available in the market. All students have the opportunity to obtain the hard copies of available resources, should they desire to do so.

    The following units of competency are required for the completion of this course.
    Total number of units = 29

    • 26 Core Units
    • 3 Elective Units

    Core Units


    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


    Work safely at heights


    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres


    Calculate costs of construction work


    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


    Plan and organise work


    Conduct workplace communication


    Carry out measurements and calculations


    Read and interpret plans and specifications


    Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


    Handle and store painting and decorating materials


    Use painting and decorating tools and equipment


    Remove and replace doors and door and window components


    Prepare existing coated surface for painting


    Apply paint by brush and roller


    Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray


    Apply paint by spray


    Match specific paint colours


    Apply stains and clear timber finishes


    Remove and apply wallpaper


    Apply decorative paint finishes


    Apply protective paint coating systems


    Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry


    Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting


    Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry


    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    Elective Units


    Investigate business opportunities


    Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings


    Apply advanced wall coverings

    For more information about this course, please visit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CPC30620