Qualification details

CPC31011 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC31008 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering 20/May/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC31020 - Certificate III in Solid PlasteringSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC31011 Certificate III in Solid Plastering. 26/Nov/2020

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

Training packages that include this qualification

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Units of competency

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BSBSMB301A - Investigate micro business opportunitiesInvestigate micro business opportunitiesSupersededN/A
CPCCOHS2001A - Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industryApply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industrySupersededN/A
CPCCSP3002A - Apply set coatsApply set coatsSupersededN/A
CPCCCM1012A - Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryWork effectively and sustainably in the construction industrySupersededN/A
CPCCPB3026A - Erect and maintain trestle and plank systemsErect and maintain trestle and plank systemsSupersededN/A
CPCCSP2003A - Prepare surfaces for plasteringPrepare surfaces for plasteringSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 333212 Renderer (Solid Plaster) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4415-11 Solid Plasterer 
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 Plasterer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 333212 Renderer (Solid Plaster) 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4415-11 Solid Plasterer 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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Not Applicable


This qualification provides a trade outcome in solid plastering in the residential and commercial construction industry.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Plasterer.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field 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
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Carries out site inspection to identify requirements
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • 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
  • Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines
  • Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required

Packaging Rules

Packaging rules 

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

  • 20 units of competency:
  • 15 core units
  • 5 elective units.

A maximum of one of the five 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.

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


Apply basic levelling procedures


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Solid plastering field of work 


Cut and fix paper-faced cornices


Handle solid plastering materials


Use solid plastering tools and equipment


Prepare surfaces for plastering


Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces


Apply set coats


Restore and renovate solid plasterwork

Elective units 

Specialist plastering field of work 


Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


Install pre-cast decorative mouldings


Install cast plaster blockwork


Apply plaster by projection machine

General electives 


Use explosive power tools


Work safely at heights


Operate elevated work platforms


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances