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The Certificate III in Painting and Decorating equips you with the painting and decorating 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 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 education and training provider 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 theory and practical 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 in 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:

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.

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.

It is strongly recommended to support the required practical skills (and any subsequent license application) that students work in the industry or undertake voluntary workplace learning in the industry for a minimum of 8-10 hours per week (totalling at least 318 hours) over the duration of the course.

The teaching section will guide you with the workplace learning hours. Teaching sections will discuss the evidence required with students at enrolment to ensure compliance with these requirements is understood by all students enrolling in the course.

Please visit Fair Trading NSW and Safe Work Australia websites for more information on licensing requirements and guidelines.


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 industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas, and general student facilities to enhance your learning and study experience.

You will study in classrooms for theory knowledge content and when developing your technical skills you’ll study in a workshop equipped with industry standard tools and materials.

Student facilities, amenities and support services also 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
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


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:
  • 29 units of competency
  • 26 core units
  • 3 elective units
  • Core Units
  • CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
  • CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
  • CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work
  • CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
  • CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCPB3026 Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
  • CPCCPD2011 Handle and store painting and decorating materials
  • CPCCPD2012 Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD2013 Remove and replace doors and door and window components
  • CPCCPD3021 Prepare existing coated surface for painting
  • CPCCPD3022 Apply paint by brush and roller
  • CPCCPD3023 Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
  • CPCCPD3024 Apply paint by spray
  • CPCCPD3025 Match specific paint colours
  • CPCCPD3026 Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • CPCCPD3027 Remove and apply wallpaper
  • CPCCPD3028 Apply decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCPD3030 Apply protective paint coating systems
  • CPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry
  • CPCCPD3035 Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting
  • CPCCPD3036 Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry
  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

  • CPCCPD3029 Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings
  • CPCCSP3003 Apply trowelled texture coat finishes
  • CPCCPD3032 Apply advanced wall coverings


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


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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.