Qualification details

CPC31211 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC31208 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining 20/May/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC31220 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling LiningSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC31211 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining. 26/Nov/2020

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 11/Nov/2021
(View details for release 3) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) 19/May/2011

Units of competency

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CPCCSP3003A - Apply trowelled texture coat finishesApply trowelled texture coat finishesSupersededN/A
CPCCCM2008B - Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingErect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingSupersededN/A
CPCCPB3002A - Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheetsFix standard plasterboard ceiling sheetsSupersededN/A
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workSupersededCore
CPCCPB3012A - Cut and fix paper-faced cornicesCut and fix paper-faced cornicesSupersededN/A
CPCCPB3027A - Install ceiling insulationInstall ceiling insulationSupersededN/A
BSBSMB406 - Manage small business financesManage small business financesSupersededElective
CPCCCM3001C - Operate elevated work platformsOperate elevated work platformsSupersededN/A
CPCCPB3010A - Manually sand plaster workManually sand plaster workSupersededN/A
CPCCPB3020A - Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornicesMatch, mitre and install cast ornamental cornicesSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 333211 Plasterer (Wall and Ceiling) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4412-11 Fibrous 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 Fibrous Plasterer,Wall and Ceiling Liner 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 333211 Plasterer (Wall and Ceiling) 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4412-11 Fibrous 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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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC31211


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 version released with CPC08 Construction and Property Services 9.9.

The following units were deleted as directed by the IRC June 2021.

  • CPCCPB3011A Finish category 1 and 2 wet areas
  • CPCCPB3013A Plan travel routes
  • CPCCPB3024A Use manual handling equipment to manoeuvre plaster products
  • CPCCPB3023A Load and unload plaster and plaster-related products
  • CPCCPB3025A Store plasterboard and related products.


This qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and ceiling lining.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Wall and ceiling liner.

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
  • Work orders
  • Photographs
  • Contracts
  • Street directories and road maps
  • 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
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Selects appropriate travel route and estimates travel time
  • Identifies products for storage, appropriate stock records and inventory systems, and prepares storage area
  • Determines material quantity requirements and 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 equipment and machines
  • Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required

Packaging Rules

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

  • 26 units of competency:
  • 19 core units
  • 7 elective units.

A maximum of two of the seven 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


Work safely at heights


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Fixing (hanging) field of work 


Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets


Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets


Fix battens


Fix wet area sheets


Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas


Fix fibre cement board

Finishing (stopping, sanding and cornices) field of work 


Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work


Mix plastering compounds


Finish plasterboard joins manually


Manually sand plaster work


Cut and fix paper-faced cornices

Elective units 

Commercial wall and ceiling lining field of work 


Construct bulkheads


Assemble partitions


Apply basic levelling procedures


Use explosive power tools


Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to curved walls and ceilings


Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems


Install suspended ceilings

Plasterboard handling field of work 

General electives 


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Carry out general demolition of minor building structures


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Operate elevated work platforms


Install batt insulation products


Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems


Install and finish columns


Rectify faults in plaster applications


Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work


Inspect equipment for serviceability


Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornices


Install and fix residential acoustic plaster products


Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints


Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems


Install ceiling insulation


Apply trowelled texture coat finishes


Install pre-cast decorative mouldings


Complete penetrations and flashings


Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to arches

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.