New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Painting and Decorating

Learn to professionally prepare surfaces and paint interiors and exteriors. Develop your decorating skills by learning wallpapering and spray painting. Gain safe worksite skills along with becoming first aid qualified, so you’re ready to work in industry. Get the opportunity to practise your skills in the workshop and on real projects.

What you will learn

  • Gain painting and decorating employment skills
  • Learn the safe use of painting and decorating materials
  • Interpret work drawings, specifications and measure quantities
  • Prepare surfaces and apply paint by brush and roller to manufacturers’ specifications
  • Learn how to prepare and apply wallpaper
  • Use conventional and airless spray equipment
  • Erect scaffolding for painting and apply site safety procedures in construction work
  • Follow industry health and safety protocols 

Career options

Begin work as an apprentice in painting and decorating or seek employment in paint sales, warehousing and manufacturing. Other construction trade areas, such as plastering and tiling, are also an option. 

  • Painter
  • Decorator

Entry requirements

Under 20 years

10 credits NCEA Level 1 numeracy and 10 credits NCEA Level 1 literacy, or equivalent study/work experience.

Over 20 years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

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