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Master Painters Group Training (MPGTC P/L)

MPGTC Pty Ltd (Trading as Master Painters Group Training Company) commenced its operations in 1997, it is run by a Board of Directors and the CEO of the Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc. which has been in operation since 1901. It has also been a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 1998.

Master Painters Group Training provides assistance to those wanting to work in the Painting and Decorating industry and assists apprentices in gaining employment with a Host Trainer. Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc. is a not for profit industry association representing painting and decorating contractors and employers in NSW. The Master Painters is committed to providing industry qualified training to both members and non-members.

Since its foundation over 100 years ago, MPA has been an independent representative for firms and individuals conducting business in the painting and decorating and signwriting trades. We do this by our involvement with numerous government consultative forums both nationally and at a state level.

The Association seeks to advance, encourage and recognise the highest standards of trade craftsmanship and ethical business practice in residential, strata, industrial commercial and historical projects. We do this by providing members and consumers with up-to-date information on a regular basis and also through our Awards for Excellence which is held annually and where we see the best of the best competing.

A member of Master Painters has a range of resources available to them by way of magazines, e-bulletins, industry consultants, updated resources, accredited and certified courses.


If you’re considering your options post-secondary school, then an apprenticeship may be what you’re looking for. An apprenticeship offers young people employment and on-the-job training opportunities and has the great benefit of a career in the making upon completion.

Whether you want to work with other business owners or start your own business, an apprenticeship can give you the basics to get you started towards a rewarding career in the Painting and Decorating Industry.

Apprenticeship Training

To become a fully qualified Painter and Decorator you will need to complete your Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30611). We are an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) and we can deliver the training to you through the Smart and Skilled program which is subsidised by the NSW government.In addition to hands on work as an apprentice, Master Painters Group Training Company can place you with our qualified Host Trainers across NSW.

Education and Training

To become a painter and decorator you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in painting and decorating. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Training is usually both on and off the job. Off-The-Job training is provided through Registered Training Organisations such as TAFE. On the job training will be with a Host trainer.

Duties and Tasks

Painters and decorators may perform the following tasks:

  • Work out the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings.
  • Erect scaffolding, cradles and ladders and place drop sheets to protect areas from dripping paint.
  • Remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, blowtorches, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate.
  • Prepare surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints, and washing them down to remove dust and grease.
  • Select and prepare paints to match colours by the addition of tints.
  • Brush, roll or spray paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.
  • Wallpapering
  • Spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment.
  • Apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.
  • Wash equipment and clean work areas.

Work Conditions

Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of residential homes, commercial buildings or industrial structures and equipment. They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30611)

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

CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2003B Calculate and cost construction work
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Painting and decorating preparation field of work

CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
CPCCPB3026B Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
CPCCPD2011A Handle painting and decorating materials
CPCCPD2012A Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
CPCCPD2013A Remove and replace doors and door and window components
CPCCPD3021A Prepare surfaces for painting

Painting and decorating operations field of work

CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCPD3022A Apply paint by brush and roller
CPCCPD3023A Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
CPCCPD3024A Apply paint by spray
CPCCPD3025A Match specified paint colour
CPCCPD3026A Apply stains and clear timber finishes
CPCCPD3027A Apply wallpaper
CPCCPD3028A Apply decorative paint finishes


Elective units


Specialist painting and decorating field of work

CPCCPD3029A Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
CPCCPD3030B Apply protective paint coating systems
CPCCPD3032A Apply advanced wallpaper techniques
CPCCPD3033A Apply intumescent coatings
CPCCPD3034A Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
CPCCSP3003A Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

General electives

BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
LMFGG2008B Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors

Not only will you be learning on the job, but the majority of your time will actually be spent in the field working on projects and properties, you will also attend TAFE to achieve your Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30611).

A career in painting and decorating is so much more than just cutting in and rolling paint onto walls. You never know where you might end up, you are only limited by your imagination.

If you would like more information about a career in Painting and Decorating please contact us on (02) 97588 877 or email