New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Allied Trades strand.xml New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Level 3 – Painting and Decorating

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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Level 3 – Painting and Decorating

CertificateFull time – 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$1,650 - $2,550


February, July





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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due



Christchurch - Ensors Road, Timaru


Gain the fundamental skills needed to start a career in painting and decorating

On this programme you'll learn about the correct use of painting and decorating materials, simple measuring and quality techniques, industrial safety, scaffolding, surface preparation, and application techniques including brushing, rolling, spraying and wallpapering. Please note: in order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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. English Language requirements may 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: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications will be processed in the order that they are received. In the event that there are more applications than places available, a waiting list will be maintained.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you can gain employment as a brush hand, working under supervision. You can also gain an apprenticeship and complete further training to become a fully qualified tradesperson. Other opportunities include working in home decorating and hardware retail environments.

Study pathways

You can add to your skills with the Level 4 National Certificate in Painting and Decorating.