New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Decorating (Level 4)

(pending development and NZQA approval)

Kaitaia, Whangarei

Semester 2

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Full time


18 months


Kaitaia: July

Whangarei: July

Semester Dates (2019):18 Feb - 28 Jun
22 Jul - 29 Nov

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Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $2,956.06

Student levy may apply

International: $26,520 (18 months fee)

Phone 0800 162 100
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About this programme

This advanced programme will teach you all the skills you need to manage and prepare paint applications and waterproofing  systems. You’ll enter the world of colour science and develop your knowledge of paint science and the application of specialist finishes.

What you will learn

You will learn a range of skills including:

  • Applying decorative paint finishes

  • Applying fireproofing to structural steel and equipment supports

  • Applying paint by brush and roller to multiple surfaces

  • Applying paint by spray

  • Applying stains and clear timber finishes

  • Colour theory, effects and schemes, and prepare colour schemes

  • Erecting and maintain trestle and plank systems for painting and decorating

  • Handling painting and decorating materials

  • Measurements and calculations in the painting and decorating sector

  • Paint and its application

  • Preparing surfaces for painting or clear finish

  • Reading and interpreting plans and specifications in the painting and decorating sector

  • Removing and replacing doors and door and window components when painting and decorating

  • Removing lead-based paint and managing contaminated materials

  • The components, properties, and possible defects of industrial surface coatings

  • The components, properties, and possible defects of specialised surface coatings

  • Using painting and decorating tools and equipment

  • Wallpaper and its application

  • Working effectively and sustainably in the painting and decorating sector

  • Working safely at heights in the painting and decorating sector

  • Workplace communication in the painting and decorating sector.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

For some programmes a police check or declaration about criminal convictions may be required. Students will be notified if this is required for the programme they apply for.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have and IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification Gained

New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Decorating (Level 4)
(pending development and NZQA approval)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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