CPC30611 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating – RPL

28 May CPC30611 – Certificate III in Painting and Decorating – RPL

If you have a wide range of experience as a painter but haven’t completed your qualification for whatever reason, than you’re in the right place. Getting your painting experience and skills converted into a nationally recognised qualification is simple, fast and headache free! We will help you attain the right qualification and subjects you need for your painting contractor’s licence.

What's involved?

1. Free Skills Assessment

You need to have valid industry experience in order to qualify for this RPL program. When you first touch base, we will help you identify your skills and advise on whether this qualification is right for you. As a rule of thumb if you have more than 2 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.

2. Evidence Portfolio
  • 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)
3. Skills Check
  1. You will be having a conversation covering questions for each unit with our qualified assessor
  2. The assessor may choose to also perform a practical observation.
  3. Where gap training is required, you will need to complete theory or practical assessments as required. Theory components can be completed from home and practical components can be completed at your work site.
4. Qualified!

All certificates are Nationally Recognised and issued by a Qualify Me! partner college. Now you can grab that licence!


Upon successful completion of this rpl program you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification in:

Certificate III in Painting



Scope of work

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.

Qualifications required

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

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


Scope of work

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

Qualifications required

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Plus Approved Managerial Course

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


VBA Domestic restricted licence: Painting and Decorating

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.

Qualification required

CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Experience required

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


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: Canberra Painters Licence


Scope of work

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.

Qualifications required


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


Scope of work

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.

Qualifications required

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: TAS Painters Licence


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: NT Painters Licence

Can I apply?

This RPL and trade skills recognition program is available to tradesmen with local experience or local students that have completed partial studies in Australia. We also have programs to help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.

Ready to start?

What are you waiting for? Contact Us today. Free call: 1800 765 295

  • Guillem Lopez Borras
    Posted at 00:22h, 18 February Reply


    I am a painter from Barcelona, Spain, who just move to Queensland to live. I’m currently holding a student visa but in 3 months I will be in the process to get a “partner Visa” (facto visa), I have over 15 years of experience in painting and decorating. I have my own painting business since 2004.

    The problem that I am facing here is about qualification and certificate. My intention is keep working as a self-employe but I will need a qualification to can get an insurance for my business, or in case that I need to do some casual job for some company.

    I don’t have any qualification, I only have the Tax Invoice, photos and web page to show my experience and I think it’s time to get a Certificate which helps me to proof it.

    I hope you can help me.



    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 10:48h, 22 February Reply

      We would want to see that you have Australian experience and knowledge of the Australian standards and relevant legislation. Item such as working with oil paints, lead and asbestos removal are critical. If you have gained some experience in the industry we can’t definitely help or at least point out your best pathway toward your licence

  • Anthony Dominic Mastroserio
    Posted at 20:32h, 09 March Reply

    Just wanted to know how long does the course go for
    And is it day or night

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 22:32h, 10 March Reply

      HI mate,
      This is not a painting and decorating course, rather it is a skills recognition and recognition of prior learning program. Which means, we look at the experience and skills you have accumulated over time and turn it into a nationally recognised qualification – in this case a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. We will help you compile a comprehensive portfolio of evidence and assess you against the criteria of the units of this course.

  • Luke Kefford
    Posted at 10:01h, 31 March Reply

    I was wanting to become a first class inside painter. Run a roof restoration Buisness
    I’m Lisensed to do roof painting and outside painting but the rain is something that I battle with and I need to start doing jobs inside painting.
    my mane work is roof cleaning repoint and spray paint.
    I have no experience with interior painting would this lern me the practical skills to do inside painting professionally and be granted the class of lisencse to do the work.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 02:16h, 02 April Reply

      Unfortunately this program is not intended for persons who do not have experience. Touch base and we can look at alternative options which may include a partial rpl and training.

  • Anthony abdelmalak
    Posted at 04:35h, 09 April Reply

    Hi there……
    My name is Anthony and i have been in the painting career for more than 2 years ….i worked on a massive projects with big builders and construction companies….i also have my induction numbers to prove it…..currently i works with a painting company awrded to be the best commercial painting company for 2015 and 2017 …..
    However i dont have my license nither an overseas qualification ….am i eligible for the qualification…..
    Also wondering to ask about the fees and the course duration.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 22:31h, 09 April Reply

      Hi Anthony,
      It sounds like you work with a great team there, and would have attained some good experience. We will need to assess your skills including rolling, cutting, brushing and spraying.

  • Harbi Abu-Dabat
    Posted at 03:02h, 10 April Reply

    Hi there my name is Harbi. I have been a painter for over 18 years. I am an experience painter inside and outside, I can paint roof as well. I can identify everything I do about painting. My problem is that I don’t have a license because I can’t read and write but I really need 1. Can you please help or refer me to a company that can help.

    Thank you

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 07:51h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Harbi,

      Qualify Me! can definitely assist in getting your qualification and get you on your way to applying for your licence. Please give us a call on 1800 765 295 and we will be able to assist with getting started.

  • Anthony sterio
    Posted at 15:27h, 16 April Reply

    Hi guys I,m a painter from way back I have like 20 years of Experience in the painting I,m looking at doing the course to I have Experencd in roof painting and interior painting I know how to do the cutting and to use the roller and I am still painting. But I would like to further my painting future.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 07:47h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Anthony,

      It definitely sounds like you have the experience for our RPL program. We will need you to obtain at least a couple of reference letters from licensed painters that you have worked with to back up this experience. Please give us a call on 1800 765 295 for a skills assessment.

  • Simone Bellassai
    Posted at 07:51h, 18 April Reply

    Hi I’m Simone, I’m a plasterer and Painter, I would like to do RPL for certificate 3 in painting and decorator. I started working in this industry in my country and then I moved here and I have been working as painter and plasterer since 2013.
    I have photos, tax invoices and references if needed. So I woud like to know more details and what the fees are.
    Thank you Simone.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 07:49h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Simone,

      Our RPL program is designed to assist experienced tradies like yourself. If you would like to know details about our course fees, one of our course advisors will be in touch on the number you have provided and can help you out.

  • Iman safari
    Posted at 01:10h, 06 July Reply

    Hi,I have a more than 4 years experience in Australian could you please let me know how can I get the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 02:31h, 07 July Reply

      Hi Iman,
      With Recognition of Prior Learning and Skills Recognition we are able to look into the experience and any learning you have attained over the last 4 years and assess this against the criteria required to get you certificate III in Painting and decorating. We will help you compile a portfolio of evidence to serve as proof that you are competent in the units required for this qualification. A course advisor will touch base with you soon to discuss details.

  • Rajwinder
    Posted at 07:01h, 17 July Reply

    Hi I have 3 year experience as a painter in Melbourne . Can I get certificate 3 in painting
    How much certificate fees ? What about process

  • Luis DIAZ
    Posted at 07:48h, 24 July Reply

    Good day,
    I been working for more then 2 years in a Painting company, but between I been traveling for different reasons. Probably I work as a painter 8 months a year. I have experience in almost all the painting field, except in quotes, lead and asbestos removal.
    Can I apply to RPL?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:29h, 16 October Reply

      Hi Luis,

      We will need to discuss your experience in depth to determine your eligibilty. We will contact you soon.

  • Michael Sweet
    Posted at 03:07h, 28 July Reply

    Hi I’m a vehicle painter by trade but the occupation got removed from the skilled shortage list in April

    I want to get my certificate recognized over here in Australia so i can apply for PR, but the only problem is all the videos and photographic evidence, invoices paperwork etc i don’t have anymore as it was 10 years ago, i only have my actual certificate after i completed my 3 years of college work

    Will this be enough evidence as well as my experience in the painting industry to allow me to get my qualification recognised and to obtain a certificate 3 in painting and decorating?

    Kind Regards
    Michael Sweet

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:18h, 16 October Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Unfortunately, this qualification does not cover vehicle painting. I believe the qualification you are after is a Cert III in Automotive Refinishing Technology, however, for the RPL program, you will require all the workplace evidence.

  • Liam
    Posted at 08:24h, 22 October Reply

    I, a 3rd year apprentice age 22 can paint a house from scratch to hand over stage just want to fast track my last year as I’m already more then qualified (left in charge on site with other workers)

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 00:09h, 23 October Reply

      Hi Liam,

      Sounds like you have some good experience. Please give us a call on 1800 765 295 for a quick skills assessment.

  • kaushal karki
    Posted at 11:42h, 03 March Reply

    hi i am a nepalese young boy who has been working in a painting and gardening job for 2 years and gained a heaps of good experience in the field. i am doing some other courses but also want to get a painter license or certificate for further qualification.thanks in advance

  • Ravshan
    Posted at 23:37h, 23 March Reply

    Hi I have a more than 8 years experience in Australian could you please let me know how can I get the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

  • Fabio Silva
    Posted at 09:31h, 05 April Reply

    Hi my name is fabio, would like to know price for Certificate III in Painting and Decorating – CPC30611. Thanks

  • Zaman
    Posted at 12:53h, 10 May Reply

    Hi this Zaman im looking Painting job I got 6 year experience

  • Hung nguyen
    Posted at 06:06h, 12 May Reply

    Hi I like to get a license for painting, how and where can I start please

  • Jordan z
    Posted at 01:31h, 14 May Reply

    Hey I’ve been painting for over three years and have done part of an apprenticeship. I’m wondering how many photos I need to prove my work and what sorts of work I need to show to be qualified. I have plently of experience in both commercial and domestic work as well as repaints and restorations

  • Scott McAdam
    Posted at 03:18h, 06 July Reply

    Hi, I’ve been a painter for 30 years now, 28 yr back in UK and now 2yr in WA. What other qualifications would I need to become a registered painter in WA. Thanks

  • Wes Parsons
    Posted at 20:18h, 05 November Reply

    Hi, I’ve been a painter for over 12 years. I am proficient in all aspects of the trade with the exception of wallpapering. I would like to pick up my painting license if it’s no too much trouble. I have evidence of work and quotations ect. References may be the only tricky aspect as the painters I worked with in Australia (I am a citizen here) are no longer in hat issue is sorted how long would this process take?

  • Riak W mun
    Posted at 01:16h, 23 December Reply

    Hi is Riak here I have been in powerder coating industry for almost a decade now and thinking of some changes parheps it’s time to change job ,and get a better skill so could you guys help in that situation to get me on.

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