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CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Building Trades

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 years

Course description

Are you looking to start a painting and decorating apprenticeship? Then this is the course for you. This trade-level qualification is suited to apprentices. It provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work in the painting and decorating industry. Major areas of study include occupational health and safety, interpretation of plans and documents, measurements and calculations, use of hand and power tools, erection and dismantling of scaffolding, paint application and paint types and usage.

Possible career outcomes

  • Qualified painter and decorator
  • Colour consultant
  • Estimator
  • Sales representative in paint outlet

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 years    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply decorative paint finishes CPCCPD3028 114
Apply paint by brush and roller CPCCPD3022 100
Apply paint by spray CPCCPD3024 80
Apply protective paint coating systems CPCCPD3030 30
Apply stains and clear timber finishes CPCCPD3026 40
Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush roller and spray CPCCPD3023 40
Apply WHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001 20
Calculate costs of construction work CPCCCM3005 20
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCOM1015 20
Conduct workplace communication CPCCOM1014 20
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CPCCCM2008 40
Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems CPCCPB3026 10
Handle and store painting and decorating materials CPCCPD2011 16
Match specific paint colours CPCCPD3025 50
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres CPCCCM3001 32
Plan and organise work CPCCOM1013 20
Prepare existing coated surface for painting CPCCPD3021 30
Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting CPCCPD3035 30
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCOM2001 36
Remove and apply wallpaper CPCCPD3027 50
Remove and replace doors and door and window components CPCCPD2013 4
Use painting and decorating tools and equipment CPCCPD2012 80
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCOM1012 20
Work safely at heights CPCCCM2012 8
Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry CPCCPD3036 20
Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry CPCCPD3031 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply advanced decorative paint finishes CPCCPD3034 40
Apply advanced wall coverings CPCCPD3032 30
Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings CPCCPD3029 30


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.65 per hour 1050 AUD $682.00 AUD $16,892.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.27 per hour 1050 AUD $3,434.00 AUD $16,892.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.88 per hour 1050 AUD $19,824.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,740.00
Excursions AUD $100.00
Education Levy AUD $157.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 4/04/2024 6:02:52 PM