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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Painting and Decorating

Free TAFE Code: 22614VIC

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13 weeks full time

Next Intake

February, July

Create your own path

Set yourself up for a flexible career in painting with a Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship 22614VIC (Painting and Decorating). At Melbourne Polytechnic, we’re leaders in tradie training. Benefit from a practical, hands-on approach to learning, where you’ll get the chance to build your skills in a supportive environment.

Flourish with hands-on training

Practice in fully kitted-out painting bays with all the tools and equipment you’ll use on the job. We offer small class sizes so that every student can thrive with individual attention. Our Painting and Decorating students have a national reputation for excellence, proven by multiple WorldSkills medals and other industry awards.

Open up a future full of possibilities

Once you’ve completed this qualification, you can enter the workforce as an apprentice. You can also apply for credit transfers towards your apprenticeship with the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship - Painting and Decorating 22614VIC take me?

Graduates of this course may gain employment in the painting industry in an Australian Apprenticeship.

  • Subcontractor
  • Labourer
  • Apprentice Painter

Study Pathways

Upon successful completion of the program you will be eligible for some Credit Transfers into the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620 as an Australian Apprentice, taking you one step closer to being a qualified tradesperson.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Student assessment will combine progressive testing and internal assessment.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures Core 8
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core 20
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core 20
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Core 6
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support Core 12
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry Core 18
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings Core 25
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms Core 24
VU23330 Identify and handle painting and decorating tools and equipment Elective 80
VU23331 Apply basic surface preparation skills for painting and decorating Elective 60
VU23332 Mix basic paint colours Elective 20
VU23333 Develop basic paint application techniques Elective 140
VU23334 Develop basic timber staining and clear finishing skills Elective 30
VU23335 Develop basic protective metal coating skills Elective 30
VU23336 Apply basic spray painting application skills Elective 30
VU23337 Apply basic wallpaper Elective 20

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $510 $2550 $11150
Materials fee $159 $159 $159 $159
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $409 $844 $2959 $11559
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

All theoretical learning materials are supplied as part of the enrolment fees. Some tools for practical work are required to be supplied by the student. The cost for your Construction Induction Card is included in the materials fees and will be deducted if you already hold one.


There are no formal entrance requirements for this course.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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