Offering Info

Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application

  • National Course Code: MSM30216
  • TAFE NSW code: MSM30216-01V02-20WLG-015

Location – Wollongong

Study Type


Course Start Date

13 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The MSM30216 Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application provides the trade-level competencies required to perform the wide range of surface preparation and protective coating application operations that occur across a range of heavy industry, ships and infrastructure.

The surfaces being prepared are typically metal (usually ferrous) and may be structural or have other mechanical requirements. The protective coatings may be liquid or solid. The applied coating may, or may not be the final coat and its purpose is protective, not decorative.

People with this qualification would be expected to work under routine supervision only, preparing surfaces and/or applying protective coatings in accordance with a provided technical specification. They would be expected to recognise situations where the intended approach was not appropriate/not working and take appropriate action to ensure the final result is satisfactory.

People with this qualification may be expected to undertake some combination of:

  • abrasively blast clean surfaces to Australian Standard requirements and in accordance with the specification
  • prepare surfaces for coating as required by the specification
  • apply liquid protective surface coatings
  • apply solid polymer surface coatings (this is usually a specialised area).

They may work in a manufacturer's factory or they may work as contractors on the site of the plant/ship/infrastructure.

This work may be undertaken:

  • in a factory environment
  • in an onsite, outdoors environment
  • inside a vessel or other confined space
  • outside a vessel or structure
  • at heights
  • some combination of these.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are: - Working in the Industrial Coatings and Abrasive Blasting industry - Have a current Whitecard.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.
Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm (drop in anytime between these hours)
Location: TAFE NSW Wollongong, Building O, Level G, Room 16
Date: Wednesday ,22 January 2020
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm (drop in anytime between these hours)
Location: TAFE NSW Wollongong, Building O, Level G, Room 16
Date: Thursday ,23 January 2020
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm (drop in anytime between these hours)
Location: TAFE NSW Wollongong, Building O, Level G, Room 16


This is a face to face course, offered by block delivery. Each block session you will need to attend approximately 15 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 2 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including online Moodle work, research, and independent study.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • You must be working in the Industrial Coatings and Abrasive Blasting industry to complete this course. If you are not working in the industry, please contact the teaching staff on 131 601 to discuss your options prior to enrolment, as other training options may be available.


  • You will learn about the processes, materials, tools and equipment used and develop specialised skills associated with the industry.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is offered by block attendance. Each block session will run on Thursday and Friday from 8.00am 3.30pm for 12 blocks over 2 years. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective Units
Number Title
MEM08002C Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
MEM08007B Control surface finish production and finished product quality
MEM08011B Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)
MEM08016B Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions
PMBPROD248 Prepare surfaces for coating
MEM08014B Apply protective coatings (basic)
MEM08015B Apply protective coatings (advanced)
MEM11001C Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM13003B Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis
MEM12001B Use comparison and basic measuring devices
MEM15003B Use improvement processes in team activities
MEM15004B Perform inspection
MEM15005B Select and control inspection processes and procedures
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMOPS301 Treat corrosion

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

A wide range of surface preparation and protective coating application operations, across a range of heavy industry, ships and infrastructure; within a manufacturer's factory or contracting on site of plant/ship/infrastructure.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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