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Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Code: CPC30620

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4 years part time

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Take control of your career

Put yourself on the path to success as a business owner or contractor specialising in painting and decorating. Join a flexible industry known for its low barriers to entry, flexibility and freedom, with 65% of painters operating as sole proprietors. Study a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620 at Melbourne Polytechnic and we’ll help you build skills that can help you go where you want to go.

Benefit from practical and flexible training

You’ll gain essential skills such as creative texture finishes, applying wallpaper and decorative finishing touches, matching colours and safely managing lead paint and asbestos. At Melbourne Polytechnic, you’ll have the opportunity to work on real-life projects in our dedicated training facilities, taught by our industry-experience staff. Our flexible, practical approach means we can fit around work schedules, delivering training on-site or in our industry-standard facilities. Our Painting and Decorating students have a national reputation for excellence, winning gold medals at regional WorldSkills competitions and many other industry accolades.

Open up a future full of possibilities

You’ll have numerous possibilities once you graduate as a qualified painter. You can work for a painting and decorating company, or an employer in the building industry. You might choose to start your own business or consultancy and set your own schedule and work wherever and whenever you want.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30620 take me?

You’ll have numerous possibilities once you graduate as a qualified painter. You can work for a painting and decorating company, or an employer in the building industry.

  • Qualified Painter
  • Labourer
  • Subcontractor

Study Pathways

Once you successfully complete the requirements for this certificate you can continue on to undertake the Certificate IV in Building and Construction CPC40120, or Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Apprenticeship

How you will study

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

On-campus / Self-paced online learning

A blend of on-campus learning with some coursework delivered through Melbourne Polytechnic’s digital platforms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Internal assessment with progressive testing.

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

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1070 $5350 $23600
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1245 $5600 $23850
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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 fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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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.

What we will supply We supply the course-specific learning resources that you need to complete this certificate.

What you will need to supply You will need to supply an organic vapour type respirator, as well as basic writing materials.


Ideally, you should be employed as an apprentice painter.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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