Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

This qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and ceiling lining.

Occupational titles may include:

Wall and ceiling liner.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


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

26 units of competency:

19 core units

7 elective units.

A maximum of two of the seven required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Fixing (hanging) field of work

add topic CPCCPB3001A

Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets

add topic CPCCPB3002A

Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets

add topic CPCCPB3003A

Fix battens

add topic CPCCPB3004A

Fix wet area sheets

add topic CPCCPB3005A

Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas

add topic CPCCPB3006A

Fix fibre cement board

Finishing (stopping, sanding and cornices) field of work

add topic CPCCPB3007A

Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work

add topic CPCCPB3008A

Mix plastering compounds

add topic CPCCPB3009A

Finish plasterboard joins manually

add topic CPCCPB3010A

Manually sand plaster work

add topic CPCCPB3011A

Finish category 1 and 2 wet areas

add topic CPCCPB3012A

Cut and fix paper-faced cornices

Elective units

Commercial wall and ceiling lining field of work

add topic CPCCCA3014A

Construct bulkheads

add topic CPCCCA3015A

Assemble partitions

add topic CPCCCM2006B

Apply basic levelling procedures

add topic CPCCCM2007B

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCWC3001A

Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to curved walls and ceilings

add topic CPCCWC3003A

Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems

add topic CPCCWC3004A

Install suspended ceilings

Plasterboard handling field of work

add topic CPCCPB3023A

Load and unload plaster and plaster-related products

add topic CPCCPB3024A

Use manual handling equipment to manoeuvre plaster products

add topic CPCCPB3025A

Store plasterboard and related products

General electives

add topic BSBSMB301

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

add topic CPCCCA3001A

Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCPB3013A

Plan travel routes

add topic CPCCPB3014A

Install batt insulation products

add topic CPCCPB3015A

Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

add topic CPCCPB3016A

Install and finish columns

add topic CPCCPB3017A

Rectify faults in plaster applications

add topic CPCCPB3018A

Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work

add topic CPCCPB3019A

Inspect equipment for serviceability

add topic CPCCPB3020A

Match, mitre and install cast ornamental cornices

add topic CPCCPB3021A

Install and fix residential acoustic plaster products

add topic CPCCPB3022A

Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints

add topic CPCCPB3026B

Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

add topic CPCCPB3027A

Install ceiling insulation

add topic CPCCSP3003A

Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

add topic CPCCSP3005A

Install pre-cast decorative mouldings

add topic CPCCWC2001A

Complete penetrations and flashings

add topic CPCCWC3002A

Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to arches


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Codes and standards

Plans, drawings and specifications

Work orders



Street directories and road maps

Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Identifies and manages risks

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Selects appropriate travel route and estimates travel time

Identifies products for storage, appropriate stock records and inventory systems, and prepares storage area

Determines material quantity requirements and conformity to requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines

Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required