Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application (Traineeship) (SA)

Course Code MSM30216
Locations South Australia, Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Traineeship, Workplace
Length Up to three years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Training and assessment will be delivered over 18, one day training sessions in the workplace
Course Overview

The Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application is a trade qualification for work in heavy industry, shipping and infrastructure. This nationally recognised training course will teach you how to prepare surfaces and apply coatings in a range of complex work environments.

The course covers: surface preparations, coating applications, quality systems, computing technologies and much more. Depending on your elective choices you can also obtain a range of WHS permits required by various state government departments.

All of this training is based in the workplace and based on each businesses needs, meaning no disruption to the workplace.

What will I Learn?

SWTAFE will deliver in South Australia a workplace-based learning program incorporating individual workplace facilities to increase your skills and knowledge and practice across the surface preparation and coating application operational areas. The nationally recognised Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application teaches you techniques to abrasively blast-clean the metal surfaces of heavy industrial machinery, ships and infrastructure. You will pair that knowledge with highly specific protective finishing methods.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Protective coatings paint applicator
  • Abrasive blaster

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Must be employed as a trainee at a workplace with access to the facilities and equipment to deliver the course. A minimum number of trainees at the site apply.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 31 units: 11 core and 20 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements 30 $3.15
MEM12024A Perform computations 30 $13.00
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task 10 $3.15
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity 20 $2.10
MEM15002A Apply quality systems 20 $4.20
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures 10 $2.10
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information 20 $2.10
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment 10 $5.25
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology 20 $10.50
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30 $0.00
MSMWHS200 Work safely 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling 20 $0.00
MEM12001B Use comparison and basic measuring devices 20 $0.00
MEM07001B Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment 20 $0.00
MEM08011B Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means 20 $0.00
MEM08016B Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions 10 $0.00
MEM15005B Select and control inspection processes and procedures 40 $0.00
MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic) 40 $0.00
MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced) 40 $0.00
MEM08015B Apply protective coatings (advanced) 40 $0.00
MEM15004B Perform inspection 20 $0.00
MEM13003B Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials 20 $0.00
MEM08014B Apply protective coatings (basic) 40 $0.00
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering 40 $15.75
MSMOPS301 Treat corrosion 20 $0.00
MSMSUP303 Identify equipment faults 40 $0.00
MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis 20 $0.00
MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus 20 $0.00
PMBPROD248 Prepare surfaces for coating 20 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

South Australian students

This course is supported through Skills SA by the Government of South Australia.

Skills SA is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities.

Find out more about WorkReady and eligibility for government subsidy.

Government of South Australia - Department of Innovation and Skills

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
South Australian Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $0.00
Concession rate $0.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible) $11,655.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $73.50
Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills SA

We offer government-subsidised places to South Australian students through Skills SA to provide greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.
Check your eligibility for Skills SA

Skills SA eligibility exemptions

Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills SA funding gives South Australian students greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.
Find out more about Skills SA Government-subsidised Training

Concession rate

If you meet all Skills SA eligibility criteria and hold a current healthcare or pension card that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. It’s important to note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses.
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate

If you do not meet the Skills SA eligibility criteria, don't qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in a course that is not government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

To apply for this traineeship, simply register your interest and a member of our team will get in touch with the next steps in applying for this course.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.