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MPGTC Pty Ltd (Master Painters Group Training Company) has been a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 1998. Here at Master Painters, we fully support those with the initiative to further their craft, and better themselves.

We offer a range of essential courses for painters as well as courses to improve specific skills, and diversify and improve your business. We even offer courses to help you become a better business manager.

NSW Government Smart and Skilled Program

MPGTC offers government-subsidised training and assessment programs under the New South Wales Government Smart and Skilled program. Smart and Skilled training is subsidised by the NSW government.

We are proud to have been accredited by the Government to provide subsidised training in painting and decorating, to help you further your craft and take the next step in your career development.

For more detailed information, visit the Smart and Skilled website, or review the eligibility requirement here.

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Part of the training we offer under the Smart and Skilled program is a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. This includes an apprenticeship combined of classroom and practical training. This course takes place over a three to four-year period, and after completion, you will be a fully-qualified painting and decorating tradesperson.

This training means you can learn and be employed at the same time. You get a start on your earnings and end up with a professional trade qualification.

You can learn more about our apprenticeships here.

Skills Assessment (RPL)

Before you commence the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, we can perform a (Recognition of Prior Learning) RPL that gauges the skills and knowledge you may have already gained, through education, training or just general work or life experience. These skills are matched to the industry standards laid out in the Certificate, so you don’t waste time repeating any knowledge.

To be a licenced Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we had to satisfy the legal requirements of having qualified trainers. Our trainers are industry experienced, qualified and hold Certificate IV in Assessment in Training.

If you’ve ever considered doing, or are interested in doing any of the following courses, why not give us a call and find out more info on any upcoming sessions. Even if we don't have a session arranged at the time, if you ask to be added to our waitlist, we can contact you with information when the next course is available.

Why hesitate? Contact us on (02) 9758 8877, and we will help you, to help yourself, by learning.

Certificate III in Painting and Decorating (CPC30611)

This qualification provides a trade qualification for painting and decorating in the residential and commercial construction industries.

To attain the qualification, you need to meet compulsory requirements across common construction industry skills as well as two specialist fields of work.

Education and Training

Painters and decorators will need to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements for apprenticeships do vary although finish year 10 is the usual prerequisite. As a Registered Training Organisation that receives funding through the Smart and Skilled program, MPGTC is certified to provide this training.


The training lasts between 36 to 48 months. Our online program will track your progression through the Certificate by logging the hours of activity completed by the apprentice. This can be done in real time by the trainer.

How Does the Training Work?

The qualification is delivered via workplace based learning and formal online learning. Workplace learning is completed under the direction of a workplace supervisor, manager or employer and logged via the MPGTC online learning management system.

The learning is conducted via face-to-face and online, all knowledge is then assessed in a simulated work environment. The methods of assessment include:

  • Theory: This assessment is conducted during workplace hours, it includes audio and visual responses to scenarios, written assessment in the form of short-answer and multiple-choice questions.
  • Practical: This form is flexible and can consist of on-site practical assessments (as negotiated with the employer and apprentice). It can also be conducted at MPGTC’s purpose-built built-facilities in Strathfield South. The practical assessment can only be commenced once the theory has been 100% completed.

Distance Based Assessment

If you're completing your apprenticeship from a remote location, distance-based assessment is possible. In this case, we will provide you with the tasks, and you will need to be supervised by your employer. We will also require direct evidence support of skill application in the form of video footage, a series of photographs or time-lapse photographs.

Funding and Fees

The New South Wales Government provides funding under the Smart and Skilled program. As an RTO, we are responsible for charging and collecting constitution fees from each apprentice. These charges apply to all units of competency delivered for the qualification in which they are enrolled. We do not accept enrolments under fee for service arrangements where the apprentice is deemed ineligible for funding.

To be eligible you must be:

  • 15 years of age or older
  • A resident of New South Wales
  • Either an Australian/New Zealand resident or a permanent resident of Australia
  • Able to confirm your current address (driver’s license as well as your citizenship and residency (passport/green Medicare card)

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL assessments are available but they must be completed within the first three months of training and cannot be completed once formal training has commenced. After enrolment, apprentices will be prompted to ask for an assessment as well as information on how to verify any past learning.

Training Plans and Training Records

  • Training Plans: MPGTC will negotiate and sign-off training plans with the apprentice and the employer. Trainers must keep apprentices on track for completion by the specified duration.
  • Training Records: Apprentices are responsible for maintaining a record of on the job training and employers must verify the completion of workplace tasks. MPGTC uses an electronic training record that can be employed by the apprentice and the employer.

Duties and Tasks

During the course of the apprenticeship, painters and decorators may perform the following tasks:

  • Take surface measurements and analyse specification and drawings to determine required material quantities for each job.
  • Erects ladders, cradles and scaffolding and protect eras from dripping paint with drop sheets.
  • Use sanders, blowtorches, scrapers, steam strippers and liquid paint removers to remove old paint.
  • Get surfaces ready for panting by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints, and washing them down to remove dust and grease.
  • Choose and ready paint for colour matching by the addition of tints.
  • Use a range of finishes including brush, roll or spray paints, stains and varnishes.
  • Complete wallpapering, including setting out the area to match the pattern and the starting point, cut paper, apply paste, hang the paper and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
  • Use a spray gun and specialised equipment to spray paint surfaces.
  • Use stencils, graining, colour glaze, lettering and marbling to apply decorative finishes.
  • Clean and wash work areas.

Work Conditions

Conditions can vary from painters and decorators. You may choose to concentrate on a specific area of work (internal/external, commercial/domestic/industrial). There is a need for a few personal requirements in orders to complete the work, these include:

  • Being physically fit
  • Comfortable at working with heights
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Have full-colour vision
  • Possess good balance
  • Comfortable working independently or as part of a team

You will need to complete the following during the course of your apprenticeship:

  • 27 units of competency are required for award of this qualification:
  • 23 compulsory 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.

Compulsory 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 system
  • CPCCPD2011A: Handle painting and decorating material
  • CPCCPD2012A: Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD2013A: Remove/replace doors and windows 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 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
  • CPCCPD3031A: Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Specialist Painting and Decorating, Field of Work (Elective units)

  • 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 finance
  • LMFGG2008B: Glaze/re-reglaze residential windows and doors

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