Certificate in Pre Trade Painting and Decorating Certificate in Pre Trade Painting and Decorating

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CertificateFull time - 14 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$1040 - $1,270


February, May, August


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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road and Timaru


Our Certificate in Pre Trade Painting and Decorating has been designed to give you the fundamental skills you need to gain employment in the painting and decorating industry.

These include skills in industrial safety, basic scaffolding, surface preparation and application techniques, plus introductory skills such as the use of materials and simple measuring and quantity.

We will connect you with our industry partners to gain work experience.

You must be able to work in a busy trades-related environment.

We also offer a parent-friendly occurence of this programme. If you have school-aged children, you can learn painting and decorating skills while they're at school. Classes are held Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2.30pm. The programme runs over 12 weeks with a two week break for school holidays.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 40 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you can apply for a trainee painter position or apply for an apprenticeship where you will complete further unit standards while you work for established painting and decorating companies, temp on different projects as a hired hand or work in home decorating and retail hardware.

Study pathways

When you get a job you can enrol in the Certificate in Pre trade Painting and Decorating (with Practicum) Level 3 and receive credits for the courses already completed.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Technology