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Gain the skills and knowledge to work as a professional Solid Plasterer or Renderer for the residential and commercial construction sector. The CPC31020 Certificate III in Solid Plastering is offered as an apprenticeship getting you qualified to work in the building and construction industry by completing the units of competency.

Professionals working as Solid plasterers use plaster, cement, and other mixtures to apply set coats and render, texture coats to straight and bent surfaces, and rebuild and refurbish solid plasterwork.

Study how to finish floors, walls, and ceilings in gypsum and cement plasters; shape decorative mouldings; create textured finishes; style ornamental restorations; read and comprehend technical plans and stipulations; use measurements and computations, and work safely on a construction site.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements may vary among states and territories. Check with your relevant state and territory regulatory authorities to confirm those conditions.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Course entry and English language requirements:

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent.
  • IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent.

Applicant does not need to provide evidence of English language proficiency if one of the following applies:

  • Applicant is a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
  • Applicant is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES).
  • Applicant is enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course.
  • Applicant has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, applicant completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while they held a student visa.
  • If an applicant has not undertaken any English Language Proficiency Test like IELTS, PTE, etc and does not meet the exempted criteria given above for English language proficiency, an applicant is required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test at Riverdale Institute and required to achieve a satisfactory LLN score to gain entry into their course.

Minimum required LLN score for entry into this course:

  • Learning: 3
  • Reading: 3
  • Writing: 3
  • Oral Communication: 3
  • Numeracy: 3

Please note that Riverdale Institute will not enrol an applicant into a course, if an applicant is unable to achieve satisfactory LLN score and that Riverdale Institute deems it is unable to offer sufficient LLN support to an applicant to complete their studies.

Pre-training Review (PTR):

The purpose of conducting the Pre-training review is to:

  • Ascertain an applicant’s aspirations and interests with due consideration to the likely job outcomes from the development of new competencies and skills.
  • Ascertain a suitable, and the most suitable qualification for an applicant to enrol in, based on their existing educational attainment, capabilities, aspirations, and interests and with due consideration to the likely job outcomes from the development of new competencies and skills.
  • Ascertain that the proposed training and assessment strategy and resources used are appropriate for an applicant.
  • Identify and assess the support needs and services like LLN support, personal support, non-academic support etc that an applicant would require during their studies.

PTR will be conducted during the enrolment application process and before admission is finalised using the PTR form. Please refer to Riverdale Institute’s Pre-Training Review Policy and Procedure.

Total number of units: 20

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  • 15 core units
Unit Code Unit Name
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCOM2001* Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCSP2001* Handle solid plastering materials
CPCCSP2002* Use solid plastering tools and equipment
CPCCSP2003* Prepare surfaces for plastering
CPCCSP3001* Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces
CPCCSP3002* Apply set coats
CPCCSP3003* Apply trowelled texture coat finishes
CPCCSP3004* Restore and renovate solid plasterwork
  • 5 Elective units
Unit Code Unit Name
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures
CPCCCO2013* Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights
CPCCCA3002* Carry out setting out

Note: Units marked with an *asterisk have one or more prerequisites.

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  • • CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • • CPC40320 Certificate IV in Building Project Support
  • • CPC50320 Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)

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