Building and Construction (Painting and Decorating)

Unlock your creativity and embark on a colourful career at NCAT with our Painting and Decorating Program! Whether you're passionate about transforming spaces or expressing yourself through art, our program offers a gateway to a fulfilling profession. The College fosters an inclusive environment where both male and female students thrive, breaking gender stereotypes in the industry.

Endorsed by esteemed organisations like Master Painters Association of Victoria/Tasmania, our program ensures top-notch education and industry recognition. Beyond mastering essential skills, you'll explore diverse career pathways, from residential and commercial painting to interior decoration and restoration projects. Join us and unleash your talent while shaping vibrant futures!

Building and Construction (Painting and Decorating) enables you to:


Learn basic building and construction concepts, theory and terminology


Use Painting & Decorating tools and equipment to demonstrate skills for various team tasks and individual projects


Gain an understanding in surface preparation, paint application techniques, stain and clear timber finishes, application of protective coatings to metal surfaces, applying wallpaper, spray application techniques and mixing paint colours


Work safely at heights (using scaffolding, ladders and trestle systems)


Work safely in the construction industry

Course Structure

The 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Painting & Decorating) Pre-apprenticeship is an introduction to the Building and Construction industry and a pathway into an apprenticeship in this area. The course helps students make an informed choice of vocation or career path.

The program is delivered to NCAT students as a pre-apprenticeship program from Year 11 to Year 12. This course is a Certificate II with 9 core units related to the Painting & Decorating industry and 8 elective units introducing Painting & Decorating. It covers basic knowledge in safety and basic Painting & Decorating skills to prepare students for work in the building & construction industry.

Many of our students are offered jobs or apprenticeships either during their Structured Workplace Learning placement or when they complete the course.

The course can be completed either as a NCAT Pre-apprenticeship student over two years as a VCE VM student. If a NCAT Year 11 Pre-apprenticeship student completes the first year it is a partial completion and they will receive a statement of attainment.

Activities & Tasks

The Units of Competency delivered are

Year 1 Units 1 & 2
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic
plans and drawings
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms
VU23330 Identify and handle painting and decorating tools and equipment

Year 2 Units 3 & 4
HLTAID010* Provide basic emergency life support
VU23331 Apply basic surface preparation skills for painting and decorating
VU23333 Develop basic paint application techniques
VU23332 Mix basic paint colours
VU23334 Develop basic timber staining and clear finishing skills
VU23335 Develop basic protective metal coating skills
VU23336 Apply basic spray painting application skills
VU23337 Apply basic wallpaper

*Students will be enrolled for the first aid unit with 1 SDO TRAINING (RTO Number 41558). Their trainers will deliver the unit at NCAT and 1 SDO TRAINING issues the Statement of Attainment


Practical project work assessed by observation and questioning, and written tasks are all assessed using set criteria.

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work is recommended. If you have individual needs, please contact the college.

This course is currently only available to students who are enrolled to study full-time at NCAT.

Study and Vocational Pathways

The course is an excellent foundation in the construction industry and a pathway for Certificate III in Painting & Decorating and an apprenticeship.

Application Process

Students wanting to study full time at NCAT must arrange an interview phone 9478 1333.

An Application Form given from home school for approval at the home school level.