Painting and Decorating License

If you have a wide range of experience as a painter and want to get licensed, your licensing body may require you to complete a nationally recognised VET qualification through a registered training organisation. For many experienced tradies with on the job experience, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be a faster option to achieve a nationally recognised qualification without the need of leaving your work. RPL focuses on assessing workplace evidence collected and skills demonstrated to achieve a certificate in Painting & Decoration so you can apply for painting contractor license.

Get your RPL Qualification in

You need to have current and valid industry experience in order to qualify for an RPL program. It’s important to complete an initial skills assessment to determine whether an RPL program is right for you. As a rule of thumb depending on the type of work you hav completed, if you have more than 2 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.

Evidence may vary, but generally includes:

  • Valid Identification
  • list showing relevant employment history
  • work samples and documents (tender documents, invoices, quotations, plans, sketches etc)
  • letter of employment
  • reference letters from licensed painters you have worked with
  • photos and videos of your work
  • overseas qualifications
  • related licenses, short courses, accreditation, certificates, transcripts or assessments you have attained
  • Apprenticeship papers (if available)
  1. A qualified assessor will assess your skills and knowledge for each unit of competency.
  2. You may be asked by the assessor to perform various tasks for a practical observation at your work site.
  3. Where skills or knowledge gaps are identified, further assessment will be required.

It’s critical that your certificate is nationally recognised and you have completed the units required by your licensing body to be eligible to apply for your license.


Upon the successful completion of an RPL program through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the RTO will award you with a nationally recognised qualification as a painter.

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RPL & Skills Recognition

Turn your experience or overseas qualification into a nationally recognised qualification. Fill in any knowledge gaps with our easy & fast RPL Process. Once your skills are certified by a Qualify Me! partner provider, your career will fly.


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Painting is the application of a clear, resin based or pigmented product in liquid form which, when applied to a surface by brush, roller or spray gun, forms a dry, adherent film. Paint may be applied for decorative or protective purposes and may be applied to any appropriate surface on any structure, fixture, fitting or apparatus. For licensing purposes, works include textured coatings applied by the above mentioned methods, preparation and minor repair (but not renewal or replacement) of surfaces prior to painting.


CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Accessed 12/7/16 from: NSW Fair Trading painting contractor’s licence


Apply paint or other substance for protective, decorative or technical purposes, including colour matching, applying texture coatings, applying wall paper, preparing surfaces for application of paint or other protective, decorative or technical materials, applying cement render to no more than 8mm thickness


CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Plus Approved Managerial Course

Accessed on 12/7/16 from: QBCC painting contractor’s licence


This component of domestic building work is limited to painting and decorating work for homes and associated class 10 structures. It involves the preparation of surfaces and the application of paint or other substances for protective, decorative or technical purposes, and includes colour matching.


CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating


You must have capacity to carry out, manage or arrange the following activities in a competent manner and to a professional standard:

  • preparing surfaces for the application of paint or other materials
  • applying paint or other substances, texture coatings and wallpaper
  • using appropriate tools and equipment to apply required applications, including paint.

Accessed 5/8/16 from: VBA Domestic Building Licence Painting and decorating


Internal and external surface preparation and painting, includes painting of wall and floor tiles, baths and laminates with no restriction to class of building. Excludes roof restoration other than painting. Decorating includes such techniques as marbling, gold leaf, murals and wall papering.


CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Accessed on 12/7/16 from: SA CBS painting contractor’s licence

Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: Canberra Painters Licence


Individuals, partnerships and companies that wish to contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered as a ‘painting contractor’ and demonstrate a financial and organisational capacity.



CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating and the units BSBSMB401 Establish Legal and Risk Management Requirements for Small Business, and CPCCBC4004A Identify and Produce Estimated Costs for Building and Construction Projects or equivalent qualification.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: WA Painters Licence

Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: NT Painters Licence

Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: TAS Painters Licence

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Can I Apply?

The RPL and trade skills recognition programs are available to tradesmen with local experience or  have completed partial studies in Australia. In some cases these programs can also help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.


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What are you waiting for? If you want to learn more about RPL & Skills Recognition, call us today. Fill the form below or call us on 1800 765 295
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