Qualification details

CPC30611 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC30608 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating 20/May/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC30620 - Certificate III in Painting and DecoratingSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. 26/Nov/2020

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) 19/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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CPCCPD3032A - Apply advanced wallpaper techniquesApply advanced wallpaper techniquesSupersededN/A
CPCCSP3003A - Apply trowelled texture coat finishesApply trowelled texture coat finishesSupersededN/A
CPCCCM2008B - Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingErect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingSupersededN/A
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workSupersededCore
CPCCPD2013A - Remove and replace doors and door and window componentsRemove and replace doors and door and window componentsSupersededN/A
CPCCPD3025A - Match specified paint colourMatch specified paint colourSupersededN/A
CPCCPD3024A - Apply paint by sprayApply paint by spraySupersededN/A
BSBSMB406 - Manage small business financesManage small business financesSupersededElective
CPCCPD3021A - Prepare surfaces for paintingPrepare surfaces for paintingSupersededN/A
CPCCPD2011A - Handle painting and decorating materialsHandle painting and decorating materialsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 332211 Painter 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4421-11 Painter And Decorator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Painter and Decorator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 332211 Painter 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4421-11 Painter And Decorator 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 19/May/2011 
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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC30611

Core and elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes


Update superseded imported units from elective list with equivalent current unit for:

  • BSBSMB301A to BSBSMB301
  • BSBSMB406A to BSBSMB406

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


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

Occupational titles may include:

  • Painter and decorator.

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.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:
  • Clear and direct communication
  • Active listening
  • Verbal and non-verbal language
  • Questioning to identify and confirm requirements
  • Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons
  • Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:
  • Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Codes and standards
  • Plans, drawings and specifications
  • Schedules
  • Load tables
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Prepares quotations, tender documentation and other costing documents as required
  • Records relevant information, including details of products, services, costs and inspection logs
  • Calculates materials, labour and overhead costs, including mark-up percentages
  • Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required
  • Reports and records hazards and risks


  • Works as part of a team
  • Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members
  • Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance
  • Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Coordinates and actions tasks
  • Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving 

  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor
  • Checks job location and storage/holding area to ensure adequate provision of ventilation and fire safety
  • Carries out tests on substrate and surface materials
  • Matches paint colour to specified sample
  • Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate
  • Responds to change and workplace challenges
  • Puts ideas into action
  • Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising 

  • Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures
  • Identifies and manages risks
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Carries out site inspection to confirm requirements
  • Estimates materials, labour and time for job
  • Determines material quantity requirements and checks for conformity to requirements
  • Prioritises and sequences tasks
  • Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management 

  • Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements
  • Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems
  • Manages own performance to meet workplace standards
  • Seeks support to improve work performance
  • Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required
  • Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


  • Uses calculators
  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely
  • Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment
  • Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on tools and equipment
  • Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required

Packaging Rules

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

  • 27 units of competency:
  • 23 core units
  • 4 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.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


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


Calculate and cost construction work


Work safely at heights


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Painting and decorating preparation field of work  


Operate elevated work platforms


Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


Handle painting and decorating materials


Use painting and decorating tools and equipment


Remove and replace doors and door and window components


Prepare surfaces for painting

Painting and decorating operations field of work  


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Apply paint by brush and roller


Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray


Apply paint by spray


Match specified paint colour


Apply stains and clear timber finishes


Apply wallpaper


Apply decorative paint finishes


Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Elective units 

Specialist painting and decorating field of work  


Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings


Apply protective paint coating systems


Apply advanced wallpaper techniques


Apply intumescent coatings


Apply advanced decorative paint finishes


Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

General electives  


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.