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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


$20,620 *



Course related costs

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

* If you’re an international student please enquire with us using the ‘Request Information’ so we can assess your eligibility.


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.

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    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.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

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.