National code: CPC31020

    Certificate III in Solid Plastering

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Start your career in the building industry and gain specialist skills to become a qualified plasterer. Network with like-minded peers, get experience working with different materials and build the practical knowledge to work on a range of plastering projects.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Apply plain, decorative and protective plaster and cement to interior and exterior structures

    • Use specialist tools for solid plastering

    • Cut and fit plaster cornices

    • Apply plaster, lime setting and texture finishes

    • Conduct restoration of detailed heritage work

    Course outcomes

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

    • A sound understanding of how to apply render and other solid plastering materials to walls and ceilings of various shapes and sizes

    • The skills to create and install detailed mouldings in render and plaster

    • Eligibility to apply for a tradesperson certificate or registration with NSW Fair Trading

    • A sound understanding of workplace safety

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

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

    • To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

    • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application​​

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

    Entry recommendations

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

    • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

    • A strong work ethic

    • A good level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the job, including lifting bags of cement, shovelling sand, manoeuvring wheelbarrows, and working at heights on scaffolding and trestles

    • Interest in handling power tools

    • Literacy and numeracy skills to accurately interpret safety data sheets and measure quantities of materials

    • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

    • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success

    • and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: solid plasterer, plasterer and renderer.


    This is a licensed occupation. NSW Fair Trading is the licensing and regulatory authority for trades and contractor authorities in NSW. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Solid Plastering you can apply for licensing with NSW Fair Trading. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information. A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007). Visit SafeWork NSW for more information on applying for your white card.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Solid Plastering does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Solid Plastering does not have any post-graduate courses.

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Solid Plastering qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 units of competency, including 15 core and 5 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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 basic levelling proceduresCPCCCM2006

    • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingCPCCCM2008

    • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryCPCCOM1012

    • Plan and organise workCPCCOM1013

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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