CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.
Occupational titles may include Painter and Decorator.

Course Details

Provider Name Vocational Training Institute (VTI)
RTO Code 41111
CRICOS Code 03487C
Course Code & Name CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
CRICOS Course Code 110153A
Training Location/s Melbourne - Level 3, 190 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000 Victoria Hobart - Level 2, 116 Bathurst Street, Hobart 7000 Tasmania
Workshop Location/s Melbourne - 476 City Road, South Melbourne 3205 Victoria Hobart - 1 Sunderland Street, Moonah 7009 Tasmania
Delivery Mode Face to face/ Practical at workshop
Duration 60 weeks, including 55 study weeks and 5 weeks of holidays
Study Load 20 hours per week

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in managing, coordinating and/or delivering person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours (unpaid) of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:


Who should apply for this course and why?

Target groups for the CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating are international students who are:

  • Seeking to pursue a career in painting and decorating
  • Seeking to enter a new industry sector
  • Seeking a pathway to higher-level qualifications.

Characteristics of the target group are as follows:
Students will be from a range of countries and may be living in Australia for the first time or may have been here in the recent or more distant past. Many will speak English as a second language, although an entry-level has been set to ensure students are able to complete course work.

Course Structure

Total twenty-nine (29) units including twenty-six (26) core units and three (3) elective units are required for the award of the CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

Units have been selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

# Code Title Core/Elective
1 CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
2 CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights Core
3 CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres Core
4 CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work Core
5 CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
6 CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core
7 CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core
8 CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core
9 CPCCOM2001* Read and interpret plans and specifications Core
10 CPCCPB3026* Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems Core
11 CPCCPD2011* Handle and store painting and decorating materials Core
12 CPCCPD2012* Use painting and decorating tools and equipment Core
13 CPCCPD2013* Remove and replace doors and door and window components Core
14 CPCCPD3021* Prepare existing coated surface for painting Core
15 CPCCPD3022* Apply paint by brush and roller Core
16 CPCCPD3023* Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray Core
17 CPCCPD3024* Apply paint by spray Core
18 CPCCPD3025* Match specific paint colours Core
19 CPCCPD3026* Apply stains and clear timber finishes Core
20 CPCCPD3027* Remove and apply wallpaper Core
21 CPCCPD3028* Apply decorative paint finishes Core
22 CPCCPD3030* Apply protective paint coating systems Core
23 CPCCPD3031* Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry Core
24 CPCCPD3035* Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting Core
25 CPCCPD3036* Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry Core
26 CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industry Core
27 CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Elective
28 CPCCPD3029* Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings Elective
29 MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Elective

Training and Assessment Information

This course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom- based setting, as well as through structured self-study and workplace based training.

You are required to attend classes for 20 hours per week for 55 study weeks (5 terms of 11 weeks), and 5 weeks of holidays, 100 hours of unpaid work placements over 4 weeks and 8 weeks of holidays.

Class sessions include a mix of theory and practical activities with a focus on creating a real-life workplace. In addition to classroom-based learning, you will also need to complete 5 hours of additional, unsupervised study per week including general reading and research for assessments.

You will also need to complete assessments for this course which may include but not limited to:

  • Written questions
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Role plays/observations
  • Portfolios/journal
  • Workplace hours log

At the beginning of each unit, your trainer and assessor will outline the assessment tasks that must be completed. Your classes will be conducted in modern classrooms and you will be able to access the Wi-Fi.

Facilities and Equipment

Training rooms, including desks, chairs, whiteboard and overhead projector/TV.

Computers with Microsoft Office and access to the Internet. There are also areas for you to relax, as well as conduct additional study. You will be provided with a Student Guide relevant to each unit in your course.

Workshop (which may include the following but not limited to)   
Air compressors and hoses Chisels Disposable boot covers and overalls Gloves Glasses/goggles
Automatic levels Cleaning materials (sponges, clothes, etc.) Drills (power and cordless) Spray guns Vacuum cleaners (HEPA)
Brooms Covers and drop sheets Dust extraction units Screwdrivers Paint mixers and stirrers
Buckets Paint pads/sponges/ rags Dusting brushes Footwear Hammers
Hand saws Door vice/clamp Extension leads Glass scrapers Hand sanders
Hard hats Marking equipment Paint trays Roller sleeves/covers/ applicators Steam strippers
Masks and respirators Hearing protection (earmuffs, earplugs, and ear canal caps) Putty knives and paint scrapers Safety harnesses Straight edges
Heat guns Masking equipment (tapes, film, and paper) Roller frames Scaffolding Power leads
High-pressure washers Measuring tapes and rulers Ladders Paint brushes Moisture meter
High visibility clothing Mechanical sanders Pencils Knives and scissors Wire brush

Course Progress and Attendance

Satisfactory course progress and attendance (minimum 80%) is very important in order to meet the course requirements. You will also be provided with further information about the course progress and attendance requirements at your orientation.

Student Support Services

VTI offers the following in relation to support and welfare but not limited to:

  • One-to-one support from the trainer/assessor
  • Support with personal issues
  • Access to additional learning resources
  • Reasonable adjustment in assessment
  • Social events
  • Information about external sources of support.

You may not have studied for a while, may have English as a second language or need additional assistance with literacy or numeracy. VTI will identify any additional support needs you may have at the time of application and enrolment and may prepare a Student Support Plan for you based on those needs. All the students commencing this course are required to complete VTI’s LLN test on the orientation day to assist VTI to identify student’s needs for additional support during their study with VTI.

Course Delivery and Assessment Methods

This program is delivered in the classroom and in the workplace through a supervised work placement.

VTI uses a range of techniques during face-to-face delivery including trainer presentations and demonstrations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations etc. The context of the simulated workplace environment will be incorporated into delivery methodologies and students will complete tasks to appropriate workplace standards. Delivery methodologies employ terminology, equipment, resources, materials, contexts, practices etc.

Training Materials

VTI has a complete set of training materials which includes community services work student user guide, trainer guides, student guides and PPTs etc. for each unit that has been developed to meet the needs of the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)

Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning). The granting of course credit may affect the duration of the course. VTI will advise you in writing of changes to the course duration as a result of the credit. You will also be issued with a new Confirmation of Enrolment (if applicable).

For further details please refer to VTI website RPL and Credit Transfer or visit VTI campus.

What are the Entry Requirements?

VTI has the following entry requirements:
You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old with no band score less than 5 in each module).

English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:

  • IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent with an ELICOS (minimum of 20 weeks) or IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent with an ELICOS (minimum of 10 weeks) to be taken before the course. ELICOS must be at least at General English Upper Intermediate or English for Academic Purposes Upper-Intermediate level; OR
  • Educated for 5 years in an English speaking country (Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the Republic of Ireland; OR
  • An applicant who is a citizen of, and holds a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, or the Republic of Ireland; OR
  • Completed (within the past 2 years) in Australia in English: Substantial component of AQF level 4 or higher on a student visa; OR
  • Successful completion of an Oxford English Placement Test (score 62-B2)

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. You are required to provide your results so that we can confirm they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

How much does it Cost?

The costs for this course are as follows:

Campus Location Melbourne Hobart
Tuition Fee AUD $11,000 AUD $11,000
Material Fee AUD $750 AUD $750
Enrolment Fee (non-refundable) AUD $250 AUD $250
Total Course Fee AUD $12,000 AUD $12,000

Please contact VTI marketing team for current promotional prices at marketing@vocationalinstitute.com.au

A detailed payment plan and payment arrangements are provided in the Offer Letter and Student Agreement. You must pay all of your course fees on time. Non- payment of fees may result in cancellation of enrolment.

You are also required to take out Overseas Health Insurance Cover before arriving in Australia. We provide details of OSHC providers in the International Student Handbook. You can approach any of these providers to find out costs and organise your cover.

Additional costs associated with living in Australia are outlined in the International Student Handbook. You should carefully review these costs in relation to budgeting. Further information can be found at https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/

How Can I Apply?

To apply for this course, you are required to complete an International Student Application Form and submit copies of the following supporting documents must be included when you submit your application including the English translation of documents (where applicable). Applications that are submitted without necessary supporting documents will be delayed in processing.

  • Passport copy
  • Academic Transcripts and Qualifications
  • Copy of Australian visa and CoE (if applicable)
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Where to from here?

After receiving the above-mentioned documents. If your application is successful, we’ll send you an Offer Letter and Student Agreement. You should make sure you read through this document carefully to ensure that you are happy with VTI’s all terms and conditions. If you are, then simply sign the Offer Letter and Student Agreement and make the initial deposit and send it back to us for the issuance of Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

VTI will notify you about the orientation and induction date and time. 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 and attendance requirements, payment plan, course outline etc.

Please note: VTI will not enrol any student, which conflict with the obligation under Standard 7 “Overseas Student Transfers” of National Code 2018.

Please visit VTI website for third party (Education agent) recruitment https://www.vocationalinstitute.com.au

For direct admissions, please contact VTI directly at Menu Contact.

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