CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting & Decoration

Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting & Decoration via our RTO partners.

Qualification Overview

Qualification Name:

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Qualification Code and Units of Competency:



Within four weeks of receiving sufficient and complying evidence of competency in all applied for units of competency.

Whether you’re a contractor, business owner, or interior decorator, Certificate III in Painting and Decorating – CPC30620 will make you a qualified painter. It ensures that you have all the practical skills you’ll need for a successful career in residential, commercial or industrial painting and decorating. You’ll prove that you know specialised painting work, such as how to create unique texture effects, apply wallpaper and ornamental finishing touches, match colours, and safely manage lead paint and asbestos. With this qualification, you’ll be able to work on projects independently.

This certificate requires an adaptable, practical approach. Whether you’re starting out as a painter, or need a formal qualification for your years of experience, the skills you’ve gained on-site or in industry-standard facilities will get recognised. Work around your schedule and upskill yourself today!

The Certficate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30620) qualification and trade skills recognition and prior learning program is available to local painters with extensive experience, or local students who have only completed partial studies.

A fast-track program is available to migrants who wish to convert their overseas qualifications into an Australian recognised certificate. As such an applicant you must demonstrate that you have the required understanding of Australian requirements and standards. Once qualified, you may apply for a painting contractor’s licence.

To qualify for this certificate, you must provide evidence demonstrating that your skills and knowledge align with the courser’s learning outcomes. This evidence can take various forms. Demonstrating your current proficiency at a comparable level can be done through a CV (your student support representative can assist with this), an employment letter, or an employment contract.

Additionally, documents from prior work or educational experiences, such as references from licensed tradespeople you’ve collaborated with, apprenticeship records, academic transcripts, or assessments from relevant past qualifications, all contribute to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can also submit proof of overseas qualifications or visual evidence of your work, especially for practical roles.

Required documents
Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
Photos/videos (for practical roles)
Risk Assessment and Management Documents
Incident Report Forms
Plans and Specifications
Job Cards

With a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30620) you’ll be able to apply for employment in a variety of fields including painting contractors and decorators.

Noble Training Academy RTO: 70201
Unique College of Technology RTO: 91358
Alpha Training & Recognition Pty Ltd RTO: 45282
Australian Institute of Accreditation Pty Ltd RTO: 45009
Delacroy Training RTO: 32267


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Four Easy Steps To Get Qualified

Free Skills Assessment

Speak to ITEC Australia about your goals, and allow us to guide you towards the qualification that will help you reach them.

Portfolio of Experience

Your dedicated consultant will guide you through the process of putting together a portfolio of evidence. This can contain overseas qualifications, transcripts, certificates, photos and videos, samples or work examples, letters of reference, your current resume, etc.

Evidence Review

Once one of our partner registered training organisations (RTOs) has assessed your portfolio, the assessor assigned to your case may be in touch if any additional evidence is required. If you have any weak areas, the RTO may assign a trainer to upskill you at no cost to you.

You’re Qualified

ITEC Australia is partnered with Registered Training Organisations whose qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia, and are the same as the qualification you would receive from full time study. Qualifications can also be useful for licensing or immigration purposes.

Qualification Description

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.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

29 units of competency:

26 core units

3 elective units.

Elective units of competency can be selected as follows:

3 from the listed electives


2 from listed electives and 1 from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course, as long as it contributes to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome and supports the AQF level of this qualification.

Prerequisite units of competency  

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit/s must be assessed before assessment of any unit of competency with an asterisk. All prerequisite requirements are packaged in the qualification.


Core units  


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Work safely at heights


Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres


Calculate costs of construction work


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


Handle and store painting and decorating materials


Use painting and decorating tools and equipment


Remove and replace doors and door and window components


Prepare existing coated surface for painting


Apply paint by brush and roller


Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray


Apply paint by spray


Match specific paint colours


Apply stains and clear timber finishes


Remove and apply wallpaper


Apply decorative paint finishes


Apply protective paint coating systems


Work safely with lead-painted surfaces in the painting industry


Prepare uncoated surfaces for painting


Work safely to encapsulate non-friable asbestos in the painting industry


Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


Elective units 


Investigate business opportunities


Organise finances for new business venture


Remove graffiti and apply anti-graffiti coatings


Apply advanced wall coverings


Apply intumescent coatings


Apply advanced decorative paint finishes


Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces

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