National code: MEA40918

Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing

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Overview About this course

Get a flying start in your aircraft maintenance and finishing career by honing your skills in our industry-standard facilities. Be prepared to apply protective and decorative coatings to aircraft and join the prestigious global aviation industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Prepare the surfaces of aircraft and its components for the application of surface finishes

  • Apply paint, specialist finishes, decals and stencils

  • Apply aircraft registration markings, national markings and company brand logos

  • Supervise aircraft surface finishing techniques

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The ability to paint aircraft services

  • Skills in applying aircraft identification markings

  • Confidence to pursue a career in aviation surface finishing

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship

  • Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Year 10 qualifications

  • A genuine interest in the aviation industry and supervising teams

  • An interest in the removal and installation, preparation and finishing of aircraft and aircraft components including logos or markings

  • A secure disposition working at heights

  • Some experience in handling tools and equipment

  • An aptitude for practical skills

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

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The Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 Units of competency , including 17 core and 4 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials AURVTP012

  • Prepare spray painting materials and equipment AURVTP2003

  • Apply specialty coatings to aircraft MEA417

  • Apply aircraft identification markings, graphics and decals MEA416

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