(STAR953)Painting and Decorating.xml (STAR953)Painting and Decorating

A-Z study guide
STAR painting and decorating

CoursePainting and Decorating

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme Code




Flexible *

Ara Credits





Christchurch - Ensors Road

Vocational Pathways

Construction & Infrastructure

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Acquire the skills needed to transform residential and commercial interiors.

As well as providing you with professional painting skills like surface preparation methods and techniques for using brushes and rollers, this course will teach you basic plasterboard skills such as hand stopping and finishing.

This course can be paid for through your secondary schools' STAR budget.

* We are happy to work with you to create a timetable that best suits your needs. Please contact youthtransition@ara.ac.nz for more information.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
25067 Perform basic residential painting and decorating under supervision 1 5 5
4332 Finish plasterboard areas 6 6 6


Academic requirements

To enrol you must 16 years or over and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school. If you are currently enrolled at a high school you will need to provide Approval of Enrolment from your school Principal.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.0 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

After completion of this course, you can gain more skills with the Certificate in Pre Trade Painting and Decorating Level 2 or Plaster Board Level 3.


With the foundation painting and decorating skills gained on this course you can seek an apprenticeship as a brush hand, labourer or interior plasterer.