Become an Apprentice

If you’re considering your options post-secondary school, then an apprenticeship may be what you’re looking for. An apprenticeship offers young people employment and on-the-job training opportunities, and has the great benefit of a career in the making upon completion.

Did You Know?

  • There are over 21,500 painting and decorating contractors across Australia
  • There will always be a demand for industry trained and qualified painters and decorators
  • The Painting and Decorating industry is set for a period of sustained growth, as public demand for professional contractors to develop homes, businesses, and public projects is increasing
  • You can work in both the public and private sector
  • You will attain a high standard of expertise

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This qualification provides a trade outcome in Painting and Decorating for residential and commercial construction work.

The qualification has compulsory requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.

Education and Training

To become a painter and decorator you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in painting and decorating. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Training is usually both on and off the job. The off-the-job training is provided through Registered Training Organisations.

Duties and Tasks

Painters and decorators may perform the following tasks:

  • Work out the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings.
  • Erect scaffolding, cradles and ladders and place drop sheets to protect areas from dripping paint.
  • Remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, blowtorches, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate.
  • Prepare surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints, and washing them down to remove dust and grease.
  • Select and prepare paints to match colours by the addition of tints.
  • Brush, roll or spray paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.
  • When wallpapering, set out the area according to the pattern match and starting point in the room, cut the paper to the appropriate length, apply paste to the back of each strip and hang the paper on the wall, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.
  • Spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment.
  • Apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.
  • Wash equipment and clean work areas.

Work Conditions

Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings or industrial structures and equipment. They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.

Personal Requirements

  • Physically fit
  • Able to work at heights
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good sense of balance
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

During the nominal duration of a painting and decorating apprenticeship each apprentice will need to complete the following:

  • 27 units of competency are required for award of this qualification:
  • o23 compulsory units
  • o4 elective units

A maximum of two of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Compulsory Units

  • CPCCOHS2001A: Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1012A: Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A: Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A: Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A: Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2010B: Work safely at heights
  • CPCCCM2001A: Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2003B: Calculate and cost construction work
  • CPCCCM3001C: Operate elevated work platforms

Painting and Decorating, Preparation, Field of Work, And General Core Units

  • CPCCPB3026B: Erect and maintain trestle and plank system
  • CPCCPD2011A: Handle painting and decorating material
  • CPCCPD2012A: Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD2013A: Remove/replace doors and windows/furniture
  • CPCCPD3021A: Prepare surfaces for painting
  • CPCCCM2008A: Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCPD3022A: Apply paint by brush and roller
  • CPCCPD3031A: Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry
  • CPCCPD3023A: Apply texture coat finishes by brush, roller and spray
  • CPCCPD3024A: Apply paint by spray
  • CPCCPD3026A: Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • CPCCPD3027A: Apply wallpaper
  • CPCCPD3025A: Match specified paint colour
  • CPCCPD3028A: Apply decorative paint finishes

Painting and Decorating, Operations, Field of Work

Elective Units

Specialist Painting and Decorating, Field of Work

  • CPCCPD3009A: Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
  • CPCCPD3030B: Apply protective paint coating systems
  • CPCCPD3012A: Apply advanced wallpaper techniques
  • CPCCPD3013A: Apply intumescent coatings
  • CPCCPD3014A: Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCSP3003A: Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

General Electives

  • BSBSMB301A: Investigate micro business opportunities
  • BSBSMB406A: Manage small business finances
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