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

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

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Job Roles

Job roles that may be available to you after successful completion of the course include:
• Painter and decorator

Entry Requirements

a. Students must be 15 years of age or over.
b. Students are required to successfully complete the Language Literacy and Numeracy test and achieve Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy skill. Prospective students who have completed year 12 or provide an AQF Certificate III or above in any discipline will be deemed as meeting the entry requirements.
c. Satisfactorily complete a pre-training review interview to determine student’s suitability for the chosen course.
d. Students are required to be physically fit to carry out some tasks as required by the course.
e. Students are required to be employed in the industry in order to adequately satisfy the performance requirements of the assessments.

Course mode of delivery and duration

The course will be delivered face-to-face over a period of 6 months at the OPA campus and workshop area where OPA has an agreement with for practical training.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed the previous study that is the same as your intended qualification with another organisation you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.


• 15 core units
• 4 elective units

CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
CPCCPB3026B Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
CPCCPD2011A Handle painting and decorating materials
CPCCPD2012A Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
CPCCPD2013A Remove and replace doors and door and window components
CPCCPD3021A Prepare surfaces for painting
CPCCPD3022A Apply paint by brush and roller
CPCCPD3023A Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
CPCCPD3024A Apply paint by spray
CPCCPD3025A Match specified paint colour
CPCCPD3026A Apply stains and clear timber finishes
CPCCPD3027A Apply wallpaper
CPCCPD3028A Apply decorative paint finishes
CPCCPD3031A Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

CPCCPD3029A Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
CPCCPD3030A Apply protective paint coating systems
CPCCPD3034A Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
CPCCSP3003A Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


To be assessed as competent, learners need to provide satisfactory evidence to all the assessment requirements relating to their knowledge and skills relevant to the unit of competence. Assessment methods may include:
• Written activities
• Case studies
• Projects
• Role plays / observations


Credit Transfer

Applying to Open Polytechnic Australia (OPA) is easy. You can submit your enrolment application at opa.edu.au/enrol or call the Gold Coast campus on 1300 656 693 or the Sydney campus on 1300 083 832. You will be contacted by AA to arrange a follow-up appointment for a pre-training review.

Once we receive your enrolment form, we will send you a Letter of Offer including all the enrolment conditions. When you accept it and return a signed copy along with payment, we will secure your place.