Get the skills to become a trade licensed painter and decorator. Learn to transform residential and commercial buildings with specialist techniques, and set yourself up for success in an in-demand industry.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Prepare different surfaces for painting
Apply paint using various tools and equipment
Apply decorative wallpaper
Create textured surfaces
Communicate with clients to achieve their vision
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience working on residential and commercial interiors
A sound understanding of work health and safety in the construction industry
Eligibility to apply for a painting trade licence
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
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
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to work independently and in a team
An intermediate level of fitness to manage physical demands
Comfort working at heights
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Painting Trades Workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.
Other jobs include: Painter and decorator
A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the [SafeWork website] (https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/licences-and-registrations/white-cards) for more information on applying for your white card. This is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating you can apply for licensing with NSW Fair Trading. They are the licensing and regulatory authority for trades in NSW. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating does not have any pre-requisite courses.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 29 Units of competency, including 26 core and 3 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.
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