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Certificate III in Solid Plastering

CPC31011 – Certificate III in Solid Plastering

  • Course National Code: CPC31011
  • Course CRICOS Code: 099907E
  • Course Duration: 24 Months (104 Weeks)
  • The course is available to International students Only.
  • Total discounted course and material fees: AU$ 24,000 (Monthly or term by term instalment plan available)

Course Description

This qualification provides a trade outcome in solid plastering in the residential and commercial construction industry.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


2019-2020 Intakes

Course Duration

This course is delivered over 104 weeks in eight ten-week terms up to 22 weeks of holidays depending on commencement date. Classes are scheduled for 20 hours per week, two days per week plus 4 hours of scheduled study.

Career Opportunities

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a tiler in general construction or as a sole trader.

Possible job title includes:

  • Plasterer.

Entry Requirements


Year 11 or equivalent; 
Various Certificate II Construction qualifications or 
With limited or no vocational experience and without a lower level qualification


  • Intermediate Level of English or
  • IELTS Test Score of 5.0 overall (General or Academic) or
  • TOEFL iBT Test Score of 35 or
  • PTE Academic Test Score of 36 or
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Test Score of 154 or
  • OET Pass Grade B or
  • PCBT Certificate 3 in EAL
  • IELTS test score of 4.5 or equivalent with at least 10 weeks ELICOS
  • You may be exempted to provide evidence of English Language competence if:
    • you have studied for 5 years in an English speaking country.
    • you have completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV OR higher level course in an Australian Education Provider under a student visa.
    • you have successfully completed a foundation course in Australia
    • you have successfully completed the College English Placement Test.
    • you have successfully completed your High School or higher tertiary qualification in English Language

Please note that you are required to meet the Department of Home Affairs English language requirements for student visa applications, which may differ from the aforementioned course entry requirements.  Please refer to to find out the assessment level for your country and to determine the required level of English that you should possess

Physical fitness:
Students wanting to study in this course are expected to be physically fit and capable of completing a range of manual handling tasks on a daily basis.

Pathways From the Qualification

Students who successfully complete the Certificate III may go on to complete further study in a range of Certificate IV qualifications such as the Certificate IV in Building and Construction various streams; Building; Site Management; Specialist Trades or Trade Contracting.

Study & Assessment Mode

This course is delivered in a combination of theory and practical sessions. All practical sessions are conducted in a fully equipped trade training centre where students will have access to all relevant equipment and a chance to practice all the techniques as required by the training package. From term 3, students will also participate in 200 hours of workplace experience to ensure that skills are demonstrated in an industry context to industry standard; PCBT assessors will visit student worksites to observe skills in action. PCBT supports students with industry placements for its students to enhance skills and further employment opportunities, however students are expected to work with PCBT to organise their placements. Assessment is competency based and is generally though questioning, project and practical demonstrations. 

PCBT will Support Wall and Floor Tiling and Solid Plastering Students in Finding Work Placements to Complete 360 Hours in terms 3-8 (Note: Students must abide by PCBT Code of Conduct)

Course Fee

Tuition Fees: AU$ 21,000
Material Fees: AU$ 4,600
Total discounted course and material fees (for a limited time): AU$ 23,500 (Monthly or term by term instalment plan available)

*Please note prices may vary if Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer are approved, please refer to our website for more details.

Units of Competencies:

To be able to achieve this qualification, students must successfully complete the following units:

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
CPCCCM2006B: Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2008B: Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCOHS2001A: Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCPB3012A: Cut and fix paper-faced cornices
CPCCSP2001A: Handle solid plastering materials
CPCCSP2002A: Use solid plastering tools and equipment
CPCCSP2003A: Prepare surfaces for plastering
CPCCSP3001A: Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces
CPCCSP3002A: Apply set coats
CPCCSP3004A: Restore and renovate solid plasterwork

Electives are as follows:

CPCCCO2013A: Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCPB3026B: Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
CPCCCM2010B: Work safely at heights
CPCCSP3003A: Apply trowelled texture coat finishes
CPCCPD2013A: Remove and replace doors and door and window components