In Australia, getting a painter’s license depend on which state to register. It could be in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, or Southern Australia. However, there are no specific registration or licensing body for painters in Victoria, the Australian Capital territory, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
New South Wales
The NSW Department of Fair Trading runs the licensing system. A painter requires a licence if they are entering into contracts with clients, hiring subcontractors, advertising their services as a painter and accepting jobs that costs above $1000 including labour and materials.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) issues licenses to qualified painters. A painter must be licensed when accepting painting jobs that exceed the total value of $3,300 inclusive of labour and materials.
Having a painters license allows them to prepare surfaces before application of paint or other substances, apply paint, wallpaper, textured coatings or other substances on surfaces for protection or decoration.
In WA, before a painter can apply for licensing they must take the Painters Registration Course training. After completion of the training, a painter may proceed with their application to become either a registered painting practitioner or a painting contractor. Either of these licences is a requirement for painting jobs greater than $1,000 in value (labour and materials).
Prior to 2011, barker-whittle.com.au explains that the Painters Registration Board is responsible for the issuance of painters licenses. Since 2011, that responsibility falls under the Building Commission of Western Australia Department of Commission.
The Consumer and Business Services governs the issuance of trade licences in SA. This licensing body provides two types of licenses: Painting, or Painting and Decorating. Note that the latter does not limit painters to these two licences; they may take licences related to others jobs aside from painting, like floor finishing.
Before a painter earns a licence, they must provide a proof of qualification by means of a Certificate III training in Painting and Decorating or a completion of an apprenticeship under a licensed painter.
A licensed painter equals a certain degree of workmanship and quality. In all works on your home or property, getting a painter with a licence will give you peace of mind.