CPC30620 Certificate III in

Painting and Decorating

CRICOS Course Code: 113737H

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  • Study modeBlended
    (face-to-face and online)

  • LocationParramatta

  • Course duration104 weeks

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Course Description

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.

Please note: Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Course Duration and Delivery

104 Weeks

  • 72 weeks tuition and 32 weeks holidays


  • 20 Hours/Week

Blended Learning

  • Face-to-face and online

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: $24,000 *

Enrolment Fee: $500 **

Resources Fee: $3000

* Discounts may apply** Non-refundable Information on other fees and charges available here Note: Pre-paid tuition fees are protected through Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

Intake Dates

  • 6 November 2023
  • 22 January 2024
  • 26 February 2024

Training Location

Apex trains and assesses this course from the Parramatta Campus that is fully equipped with facilities including classrooms, computer lab, wireless internet, library facility, and a student sitting and recreation area.

The practical sessions for training and assessments are conducted at Apex’s automotive workshop situated at 9, Bourke Street, North Parramatta.

Entry Requirements and Pre-Requisites

The course will be available to those students who are 18 years or older and have completed Year 12. International Students are required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

Although this qualification has no pre-requisites, students are required to complete the CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry unit prior to starting the course or within the first term of studies with APEX.

Course Completion

Students obtaining a ‘competent’ result for all listed units of competency will achieve the CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating qualification. A Statement of Attainment will be issued to students who complete less than the required units for the full qualification.
APEX does not guarantee completion of this course.

Employment Outcomes and Education Pathways

Employment Outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification level is intended to prepare new employees or recognises and develops existing workers performing painting and decorating work, mainly in commercial and residential workplaces.

Possible employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

  • Painter and Decorator

Job roles and titles may vary across different industry sectors.

Education Pathways

Qualifications awarded by APEX will be recognised by other RTO’s Australia wide. Upon successful completion of the CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, the students may continue their studies further by enrolling in the:

Units of Competency

CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights Core
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres Core
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work Core
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications Core
CPCCPB3026 Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems Core
CPCCPD2011 Handle and store painting and decorating materials Core
CPCCPD2012 Use painting and decorating tools and equipment Core
CPCCPD2013 Remove and replace doors and door and window components Core
CPCCPD3021 Prepare existing coated surface for painting Core
CPCCPD3022 Apply paint by brush and roller Core
CPCCPD3023 Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray Core
CPCCPD3024 Apply paint by spray Core
CPCCPD3025 Match specific paint colours Core
CPCCPD3026 Apply stains and clear timber finishes Core
CPCCPD3027 Remove and apply wallpaper Core
CPCCPD3028 Apply decorative paint finishes Core
CPCCPD3030 Apply protective paint coating systems Core
CPCCPD3031 Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry Core
CPCCPD3035 Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting Core
CPCCPD3036 Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry Core
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Elective
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities. Elective
BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business venture Elective

The 29 units of competency are delivered throughout the 72 weeks of tuition. The qualification is delivered over 8 terms of tuition.

All the above listed units of competency must be completed to receive the CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating qualification.


Assessments are conducted during training sessions and on completion of training for each unit to determine if the learner is competent. The assessments are conducted using knowledge and skills assessments. Assessment methods may include: Assignment, Questioning (Oral/Written), Case Study, Third Party Report, In Class Activities, Observations, Role Play and RPL.

RPL and Exemptions

Apex will recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTO’s, upon verification with the issuing organisation. RPL and Credit Transfer are available for students to access prior to enrolment. More information is available in our student handbook.

Trainers and Assessors

All trainers and assessors hold vocational and training and assessment competencies at the level they teach or assess or higher, and have current and relevant industry skills.

Please note: Apex does not guarantee successful completion of the course nor guarantees a particular employment or migration outcome on completion of the qualification.

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