Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining


Become a Qualified Plasterer/ Wall and Ceiling Liner

Meet the technical requirements for a Plastering Drywall Licence with QBCC.

Are you ready to get Trade qualified?
Need your Plastering Drywall Licence with QBCC?
Keen to break into the construction industry?

Launch your trade career in Wall and Ceiling Lining

Become Trade Qualified with the CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining and start your career in one of the most versatile occupational sectors that you can enter. This building and construction qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and ceiling lining for residential and commercial construction work.

The CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining covers common skills for the construction industry, as well as the specialist field of work wall and ceiling lining such as manually sanding plaster work, installing suspended ceilings and using mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints.

The CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining can be completed as an Apprenticeship and meets the technical requirements to obtain your QBCC  Plastering Drywall Licence.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • We come to you – no more classroom training!*

Job Prospects


Wall and Ceiling Liner

Trades Person

Study Mode

Online and Flexible Delivery

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Tiling Apprenticeship

I gained self-confidence in the workplace, improved my construction knowledge and skills, and gained employment through an apprenticeship.”

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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining course is a trade level qualification that gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and feel confident onsite.  It is aimed at anyone looking to work on residential or commercial projects with specialist lining skills.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.


Get qualified while you earn! Apprenticeships are the best in to the industry for school leavers and a great way for long-timers to finally get qualified. Which one are you?

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in the 22 core units and 7 elective units. Please refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

*Prerequisite Unit Required

Core Units (22)

  • CPCCCA3014* Construct and install bulkheads
  • CPCCCA3026* Assemble partitions
  • CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights
  • CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
  • CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCOM1015 Carry 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
  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Suggested Elective Units (7)

  • CPCCPB3027 Install ceiling insulation products
  • BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
  • CPCCPB3017 Rectify faults in drywall applications
  • CPCCPB3018 Use vacuum and electric sanding equipment to finish plaster work
  • CPCCPB3022 Use mechanical jointing equipment to finish joints
  • CPCCPB3014 Install bulk insulation and pliable membrane products
  • CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures

This qualification meets one of the requirements for a you to obtain a licence with your states regulatory body. Please consult with your local authority to ensure you are eligible and meet other criteria prior to commencing studies with us.

Wall and Floor Tiling

Scope of Work

  • Cut and fix tile, including ceramic, glass, marble, slate, stone and terracotta tiles, to fireplaces, floors, hearths, spas, swimming pools and walls
  • Construct terrazzo floors, steps, risers and stringers
  • Apply waterproofing for wall and floor tiling
  • Incidental work of another class.

Qualifications Required

Any one of the following:

  1. Successful completion of either an apprenticeship in wall and floor tiling or the CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling.
  2. Successful completion of a course the authority considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned above.
  3. A recognition certificate as a qualified wall and floor tiler
  4. A qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Managerial Qualification

Keen to get your trade contractor or nominee supervisor licence? After the completion of this qualification we recommend that you undertake an Approved Managerial Course for Trade Contractors. FTA delivers the approved managerial qualification BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business – ask us about this today!

Note: This information is sourced from QBCC website and is accurate as at January 2022 for QLD licence holders only. For more information please refer to QBCC.

  • Plasterer
  • Wall and Ceiling Liner
  • Trades Person

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Apprenticeship: Between 12 – 42 months depending on the type of apprenticeship and the apprentice’s ability
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply
  • CSQ:
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2022 (for the Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program 2021/22 Contract).
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory will be assessed Online.

Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

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Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.



CSQ is designed to give Building and Construction workers recognition for skills learnt on the job but for which they don’t currently hold a formal qualification.

User Choice

User Choice

User Choice aims to provide funding for apprentices, trainees and their employers aligned to the skill needs of industry and changing government priorities.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in tiling, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This tiling course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.