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The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating equips you with the painting and decrating skills to take your career to the next level as a qualified painter or decorator. Learn to decorate beautiful residential and commercial rooms, and build long-lasting relationships with clients.

This course provides you with everything you will need to know about to painting and decorating. You will gain on-the-job experience, as you develop a range of technical skills that can be used across the building and construction industry as a licensed painter.

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of education and training in Australia, with over 130 years of history. Our courses are designed in close consultation with industry, so you graduate with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge.


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Through on-the-job experience and theoretical course work, you will learn to:

  • Colour match
  • Apply wallpaper
  • Use painting tools and equipment
  • Prepare and decorate materials
  • Apply texture coating and staining
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Preparing different surfaces for painting
  • Applying surface coatings with a brush, roller and spray
  • Wallpaper application
  • Colour matching
  • Communicating with colleagues and clients on a job site


People who are successful the painting and decorating industry have:

  • Interest in indoor painting and decorating
  • Great communication skills
  • The ability to listen to instruction
  • An eye for detail
  • The ability to work in a variety of conditions


Anywhere you look around the world, construction is booming, whether it be in small-scale residential builds or large commercial projects. Individuals, businesses and corporations are all seeking a unique look and feel which is often achieved through painting and decorating.

This need is driving demand for qualified painters and decorators worldwide. There has never been a better time to learn the art of painting and decorating with a TAFE NSW qualification.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
Additional Requirements:
  • Successfully complete the General Induction Training (White Card) which will allow you entry into a construction worksite.

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Work placement is a learning opportunity, which means that you cannot be paid for your time there.

Work placements generally only begin after you have had a reasonable amount of contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties.

Before You Start Work Placement All Students Must:

  • Provide evidence of a White Card

Work Placement Hours

  • This course includes 400 hours of mandatory work placement, to be undertaken within the painting and decorating industry to ensure you are able to practice your skills and embed your knowledge.
  • During work placement you are required to complete a log book to evidence the 400 hours of completed work placement.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are able to work independently and with other people
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness to complete manual tasks

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

The qualification meets one of the requirements for a NSW Fair Trading Contractor Licence (Building). Please visit Fair Trading NSW website for all licensing requirements.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb , Jul A$15,210
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb , Jul A$15,210


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
  • Total of 27 units of competency:
  • 23 core units
  • 4 elective units.
  • Core Units:
  • CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2003B Calculate and cost construction work
  • CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
  • CPCCPB3026B Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
  • CPCCPD2011A Handle painting and decorating materials
  • CPCCPD2012A Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD2013A Remove and replace doors and door and window components
  • CPCCPD3021A Prepare surfaces for painting
  • CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCPD3022A Apply paint by brush and roller
  • CPCCPD3023A Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
  • CPCCPD3024A Apply paint by spray
  • CPCCPD3025A Match specified paint colour
  • CPCCPD3026A Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • CPCCPD3027A Apply wallpaper
  • CPCCPD3028A Apply decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCPD3031A Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry
  • CPCCPD3029A Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
  • CPCCPD3030B Apply protective paint coating systems
  • CPCCPD3032A Apply advanced wallpaper techniques
  • CPCCPD3033A Apply intumescent coatings
  • CPCCPD3034A Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCSP3003A Apply trowelled texture coat finishes
  • BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
  • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
  • LMFGG2008B Glaze/ Re-glaze residential windows and doors


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


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If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.