Painting & Decorating Competition

A painter and decorator works in the commercial and public sectors and is responsible for the interior and exterior appearance and maintenance of a building and its protection from water, rust, and mould. Painting and decorating is closely associated with other parts of the construction industry and is a finishing trade. The painter and decorator works both inside and outside in very diverse environments, for example in companies, factories, schools, hotels, the homes of clients and on building sites in all weather conditions. They may offer a range of services, including interpreting client requirements and drawings, advising on designs and colours, painting, spraying, decorative coatings, wallpapering, gilding and sign writing to a high standard .


  • Have an interest in practical work
  • Have normal colour vision
  • Have good measurement and calculation skills
  • Are physically fit
  • Can work at heights and have a good sense of balance



The WorldSkills Australia Painting & Decorating Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Painting & Decorating Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Painting & Decorating Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Painting & Decorating

Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Painting and Decorating Competitions are aligned to the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package (Release 9.4).

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Painting and Decorating is aligned to the following units of competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the CPC30611 Certificate 3 in Painting and Decorating qualification:

  • CPCCOHS2002B – Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1012A – Work effectively and sustainably in the construction
  • CPCCPD2012A – Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD3021A – Prepare surfaces for painting
  • CPCCPD2011A – Handle painting and decorating materials
  • PCCPD3022A – Apply paint by brush and roller
  • CPCCCM1002A:
  • CPCCCM1013A – Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM 1015A – Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001A – Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCPD3025A – Match specified paint colour

Regional Tasks

Skill sets include:

  • Surface preparation
  • Acrylic application
  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Colour match
  • Tone contrast
  • Pastel contrast
  • Design

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Painting and Decorating is aligned to the units of competency (elements of competency and performance criteria) contained in the CPC30611 Certificate 3 in Painting and Decorating qualification.

In addition to the Regional requirements the National also includes:

  • CPCCPD3024A  – Apply paint by spray
  • CPCCPD3028A  – Apply decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCPD3034A  – Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCPD3027A  – Apply wallpaper
  • CPCCPD3032A  – Apply advanced wallpaper techniques

National Tasks

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National will require you to:

  • Use spray equipment
  • Wallpaper around a doorway and corner
  • Create a decorative design

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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