Become a qualified plasterer and recognised tradesperson.

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Qualification Description

This qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and ceiling lining for residential and commercial construction work. The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as the specialist field of work wall and ceiling liner. Wall and ceiling liners apply and fix linings for non-structural walls and ceilings.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Wall and ceiling liner
  • Drywaller
  • Plasterer.

What is this course about?

CPC31220- Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining will allow you to apply and practice plastering skills to complement your on-the-job training. You will learn to install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to line walls and ceilings. You’ll construct bulkheads and assemble partitions as well as install cornicing. Our trade-qualified teachers will train you to work safely and effectively and will assist you to plan and inspect your work to ensure the highest standards.

Who should do it?

This qualification is suitable for anyone currently working as a wall and ceiling liner in a construction environment.

How will undertaking this course benefit you?

This course will allow you to apply and practice plastering skills to complement your on-the-job training. You will learn to install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to line walls and ceilings. You’ll construct bulkheads and assemble partitions as well as install cornicing. Our trade-qualified teachers will train you to work safely and effectively and will assist you to plan and inspect your work to ensure the highest standards.

Upon completion participants may apply to NSW Fair Trading for a Wall and Ceiling Lining contractor’s licence.

Participants resources that are required 

All participants of Best Option Training are required to complete and Language, Literacy and Numeracy test to the level of the qualification.

All participants will need basic computer skills and access to wifi and a laptop or computer with a web camera, as all assessments are completed online.

Are there any entry requirements?

Participants should have a minimum of four years’ experience working in a relevant role, and must hold a current Construction Induction (White) Card and/or a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry.

All participants must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). To obtain yours, go to and follow the prompts to create your USI. Enter your Unique Student Identifier (USI) (if you already have one) You may already have a USI if you have done any nationally recognised training, which could include training at work, completing a first aid course or RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) course, getting a white card, or studying at a TAFE or training organisation. It is important that you try to find out whether you already have a USI before attempting to create a new one. You should not have more than one USI. To check if you already have a USI, use the ‘Forgotten USI’ link on the USI website at

You are currently working on active construction projects

You have more than three (3) years’ experience in the building and construction industry (experience must be within the last ten (10) years)

You must be 15 years or older

How much does this course cost?

The course fees are $3,500.

Best Option Training cannot accept more than $1,500 as a deposit.

How long will it take to complete this course?

This course takes 3 months to complete.

How is it delivered?

This training provider offers courses in the following delivery modes:

Face to face training

In-person training delivered at the Villawood Education and Skills development centre or another venue chosen by Best Option Training.. Also known as ‘on-campus’, ‘in-class’, ‘traditional face-to-face’, ‘on-RTO-site’ delivery. All assessments are delivered online.

Offsite training

Best Option Training can deliver in-person training using facilities at-or-near a client’s workplace, or else in a mobile manner (eg. delivery at a regional/remote location for a specific period or for a specific training course). Also known as ‘workplace’, ‘mobile’, ‘on-client-site’ delivery. All assessments are delivered online.

Flexible learning

Flexible delivery for Best Option Training works because there are no terms, no intakes, when you want to start your course you enrol, pay a deposit and start. We are truly flexible. Our students can go as quickly or as slowly as they want. If you have the time start today. All our courses are online and self-paced

Online (training available online or via email submission)
Self-paced (training has no set class times of set submission dates)

As Best Option Training uses an online Leaning Management System, courses can be offered Face to Face, blended, or online.

Mixed mode training

A combination of various delivery modes. If you attend classes, all assessments are still online

Where is it?

Villawood Education and Skills development centre or another venue chosen by Best Option Training.

What do I get from it?

Upon successful completion participants receive a certificate from Best Option Training for CPC31220 – Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

To obtain your trade licence please follow link  Fair Trading

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 29 units of competency:
  • 22 core units
  • 7 elective units.

Electives must be selected as follows:

  • all seven units from the electives listed below, or
  • five units from the electives listed below, plus two units selected from any current training package or accredited course as long as they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome, maintain the integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and do not duplicate the outcome of another unit used to achieve this qualification.

Prerequisite units of competency

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit(s) must be assessed before assessment of any unit of competency with an asterisk. Check the unit of competency for information on specific prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite requirements are packaged in the qualification.

Core units
CPCCCA3014*Construct and install bulkheads
CPCCCA3026*Assemble partitions
CPCCCM2012*Work safely at heights
CPCCOM1012Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1014Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCOM2001*Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCPB3001*Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets
CPCCPB3002*Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets
CPCCPB3003*Fix battens
CPCCPB3004*Fix wet area sheets
CPCCPB3005*Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas
CPCCPB3006*Fix fibre cement board
CPCCPB3007*Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work
CPCCPB3008*Mix plastering compounds
CPCCPB3009*Finish plasterboard joints manually
CPCCPB3010*Manually sand plaster work
CPCCPB3012*Cut and fix paper-faced cornices
CPCCWC3003*Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems
CPCCWC3004*Install suspended ceilings
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Elective units
BSBESB301Investigate business opportunities
BSBESB407Manage finances for new business ventures
CPCCCA3001*Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
CPCCCA3010*Install windows and doors
CPCCCM2006Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2007*Use explosive power tools
CPCCCM2008*Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCPB3014*Install bulk insulation and pliable membrane products
CPCCPB3015*Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems
CPCCPB3016*Install and finish columns
CPCCPB3017*Rectify faults in drywall applications
CPCCPB3018*Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work
CPCCPB3019*Inspect equipment for serviceability
CPCCPB3020*Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornices
CPCCPB3021*Install and fix residential acoustic plaster products
CPCCPB3022*Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints
CPCCPB3027Install ceiling insulation products
CPCCSP3003*Apply trowelled texture coat finishes
CPCCSP3005*Install pre-cast decorative mouldings
CPCCWC2001*Complete penetrations and flashings
CPCCWC3001*Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to curved wall and ceiling substrates
CPCCWC3002*Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to arch substrates
CPCSHP3007*Install prefabricated internal shopfitting units

What do I need to bring?

  • 100 points of identification
  • A pen
  • Closed footwear
  • High visibility shirt or vest
  • Students are required to have access to the internet and a computer with a webcam.


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