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CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating


Course Overview

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

Occupational titles may include:

  • Painter and Decorator.

Licensing, legislative and regulatory or certification requirements for painting and decorating work differ between States and Territories. Please consult with the relevant regulatory authority.

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 CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Target Group

NVR Education welcomes all students who meet our entry requirements. Typically, you are an international student who is:

  • Seeking to pursue a career in Painting and Decorating
  • Seeking to enter a new industry sector
  • Seeking a pathway to formal accreditation and qualifications.


NVR Education Australia has the following entry requirements International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have successfully completed Year 12 School Certificate or hold other relevant qualification
  • Have an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent (test results must be no more than 2 years old), or an Australian qualification equivalent to a minimum of Certificate III level (or a substantial component towards a Certificate III level), or have successfully passed NVR’s English Placement Test.
  • 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 CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Course Duration

This qualification will be delivered over 104 weeks, including 72 weeks of training and assessment spread over 12 terms of 6 weeks and 32 weeks of holidays. Holidays are 2 weeks after each term, with the exception of the 4 week mid and end of year breaks. See dates here: https://www.nvr.edu.au/fees-and-dates/

Class sessions are planned to ensure that students have a mixture of practical and theoretical components and those classes cater for a wide variety of learning styles. Additionally, workplace practices and environments are simulated and used to conduct skills-based assessments in accordance with unit requirements.

Delivery mode
and location

Students are required to study for at least 20 hours per week by attending scheduled classes for 14 hours and complete approximately 6 hours of Self-Paced Learning activities per week.

Timetable information will be finalised closer to the course start date at Orientation. Students may commence this course at the start of any intake.

During this COVID-19 pandemic classes are delivered in a Blended Learning approach with lectures taking place at our George Street Campus and practical sessions conducted at our Painting and Decorating workshop in Strathfield South.

Career Outcomes

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

Occupational titles may include:

  • Painter and Decorator.

Licensing, legislative and regulatory or certification requirements for painting and decorating work differ between States and Territories. Please consult with the relevant regulatory authority.

For more information about outcomes and employment prospects for this qualification, see:

Education Pathways

Students who complete this course may wish to further their study into other Vocational Education and Training courses and Trade Skills areas.

Course Structure

The CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating requires the successful completion of twenty six (26) core units and three (3) elective units. Electives for this qualification should chosen to ensure that students achieve a broad range of skills and knowledge in Painting and Decorating.

Units included in this qualification are:

Unit Code

Unit Name


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
BSBESB301 Investigate micro business opportunities Elective
CPCCPD3029* Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings Elective
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Elective

* CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry is a prerequisite subject of these units

Course progress

Note that for international students satisfactory course progress is required in order to meet visa requirements. More information can be found in the International Student Handbook that also includes information on the specific support that is available to international students.

Students who are identified as being at risk of not meeting course progress requirements will be provided with additional support as recorded in an intervention strategy. The student handbook can be found online at www.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/

Enrolment and

Upon acceptance of a student’s application for enrolment, a letter of offer and written agreement, will be forwarded to students. Students must read through all provided information as it will provide all necessary information about the course of study. A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) letter will be issued once the signed acceptance of the offer and written agreement are received.

Orientation will be provided the week before your course starts. Orientation will include information about the campus, living in Australia, accessing our support services and methods for achieving success throughout the course, including course progress requirements.
This course outline should be read in conjunction with International Student Handbook. This can be found online atwww.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures.

Additional Support

All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help them achieve competency.

This includes:

  • Academic and personal support.
  • Referral to external support services.

Assessment Arrangements

Assessment methods used for this qualification will provide a range of ways for individuals to demonstrate that they have met the required outcomes including:

  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Report writing
  • Observations
  • Questioning (oral or written)
  • Case Studies
  • Role Plays
  • Case Studies
  • Practical Assessment

At the beginning of each unit, trainers will outline the assessment tasks that must be completed.

Course Costs:

The costs for this course are as follows:

  • Enrolment fee: $200 (onshore) non-refundable to be paid on application
  • Course fees: Total cost is AUD $22,000
  • Material fees: $1,000
  • Non-Tuition fees: May apply and can be found in our International Student Handbook at https://www.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/

A detailed payment plan and payment arrangements are provided in the letter of offer and written agreement. Course fees do not include computer software or textbooks which are to be purchased at the student’s own cost. Non-payment of course fees may result in cancellation of enrolment.

International students are also required to take out Overseas Health Insurance Cover before arriving in Australia. NVR Education provides details of OSHC providers in the International Student Handbook.

Student must also supply their own laptop with appropriate software and access to a fast and stable internet connection.

Enrolment at NVR includes an email account with access to Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and additional classroom tools).

To study online in a Virtual Learning Environment, students also require a web camera and microphone to participate in their scheduled classes.

Additional costs associated with living in Australia are outlined in the International Student Handbook. Students should carefully review these costs in relation to budgeting. Further information can be found at https://www.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/

Course Credit

Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning) as per the information included in our International Student Handbook, which is available at www.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures.

For international students, the granting of course credit may affect course fees as well as the duration of the course. The result of an application for credit and any changes to fees or course duration will be advised to students in writing.

If course credit is granted following issuance of the Confirmation of Enrolment, students will receive a new Confirmation of Enrolment showing a reduced duration. For any questions about course credit, contact us at the details shown below.

Selection and
enrolment procedures

Students wishing to enrol, and who meet the entrance requirements of the course, need to complete an Enrolment Form and email to admin@nvr.edu.au, along with the required documentation listed in the Enrolment Form.

The Enrolment Form and our International Student Handbook, which contains more information about the enrolment process, can be found at: https://www.nvr.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/

Contact Details

Call our office on 02 8970 4043 or email us at info@nvr.edu.au

See our intake dates:
don’t delay, enrol now

We have Twelve (12) intake dates every year. Make sure you fill out enrolment
form & start your enrolment procedure

hurry up next intake date

17th April 2023

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