Painting and Decorating is a great course for someone who is creative but still enjoys working with their hands and working on their feet.

Painting Trades Worker is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Painting and decorating allows you to really develop your creative and practical skills to get a career in this diverse and fast paced industry. Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for painting trades workers is expected to be above average. 

Painting trades workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures. You will be able to paint and decorate for residential and commercial construction.

The Course


Certificate III In Paining and Decorating


Course Duration: 24 months

Intake Dates: Jan and July

Locations: Brisbane

Cost: $7,500 – $12,000 per year

Common Course Requirements: 

  1. Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  2. Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5
  3. This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

Graduate Outcome: 

This course works on the basic skills you will need to succeed in this industry. Throughout the course students will:

  • Develop skills in colour matching.
  • Learn wallpaper applications.
  • Learn how to apply special coating & finishes.
  • Learn preparation techniques.
  • Understand different timber coatings and finishes.
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Reading and interpreting plans/estimating as well as many other internal and external applications.

Job Forecast & Career Information:

  • Full time painters earn an average of $966.00 per week.
  • The average hours worked by a painter in Australia are 40 hours per week.
  • Employment for this occupation rose moderately in the past five years, remained relatively steady in the long-term.
  • Painting tradesworkers have a high proportion of full-time jobs (87.4 per cent).
  • Painting trades workers can work independently as a sub contractor or as part of a larger   construction company.

Education Pathways:

Painting Trades Worker (332211) – is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

Therefore once you graduate you may be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Have a read through this article which details how by studying the right course it could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a permanent visa.

*Note* It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.


 If you are interested in studying to be a Painting Trades Worker in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options.

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What our Students say:

Arthur (Brazil) – Painting and Decorating

What were you doing before you studied Joinery?

I was working in media and graphic design back in Brazil. I then came to Australia and I studied English then studied Media. However I wanted to study something that will help me in the future, so I chose this course.

Where do you study?

ANIB which is a school in Brisbane.

Can you please tell me about your schedule?

Every Saturday we do a full day. The class starts at 9:30, the teacher explains what we are going to do. There are a few assessments, but mostly it is practical. We do a lot of painting, wall paper, whatever the subject is for the day.  You can come in on Friday and then are expected to do some at home study and completion of assessments.

Do you have a equipment?

They have everything at school. They give us what we need for the lesson.

How are you dealing with money?

I work 20 hours per week at a restaurant and I have a little savings.

How are your teachers?

Our teacher is called Paul. He has been painting for about 40 years. He explains everything in detail – how to use the brush and everything else. He really has so much knowledge about painting and we can ask him any questions.

Tell us about your classmates?

There are about 15 people in our class. There are from all over – English, Italian, Brazilian, Asian it is a real mix.

What is the average age of classmates?

My classmates are mostly male, but there are also several female students. The average is about 28 – 30.

What are you most surprised about the course?

I didn’t expect it to be as practical as it is. It is quite fun, we actually enjoy doing the class. My previous studies before this course were a little boring.

What is the most difficult thing about the course?

Learning something completely new that I have never done.

How are the facilities?

They are good. We have a building specifically for the painting course, next to the main school. Where there are all the materials they need. There are different rooms set up for whatever part we are specifically learning for the class. We do sanding, painting, filling, wall paper etc…

What are your plans when you graduate?

I want to get a job in the area, gain experience and make some good money.

Do you feel like you are learning a lot from course?

Yes for sure, I am learning some things I never thought I could do.

What is your favourite component so far?

Probably wall paper, it is very difficult , you really need to concentrate. There is a lot more that goes into the course than I thought at the beginning. Learning all the colour matching is tough.

How do you feel about the school?

It is very flexible and the school helps you out when needed.

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