Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application - MSM30216


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

The MSM30216 Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application provides the trade-level competencies required to perform the wide range of surface preparation and protective coating application operations that occur across a range of heavy industry, ships and infrastructure.The surfaces being prepared are typically metal (usually ferrous) and may be structural or have other mechanical requirements. The protective coatings may be liquid or solid. The applied coating may, or may not be the final coat and its purpose is protective, not decorative.People with this qualification would be expected to work under routine supervision only, preparing surfaces and/or applying protective coatings in accordance with a provided technical specification. They would be expected to recognise situations where the intended approach was not appropriate/not working and take appropriate action to ensure the final result is satisfactory.People with this qualification may be expected to undertake some combination of:abrasively blast clean surfaces to Australian Standard requirements and in accordance with the specification prepare surfaces for coating as required by the specification apply liquid protective surface coatings apply solid polymer surface coatings (this is usually a specialised area).They may work in a manufacturer's factory or they may work as contractors on the site of the plant/ship/infrastructure.This work may be undertaken:in a factory environmentin an onsite, outdoors environmentinside a vessel or other confined spaceoutside a vessel or structureat heightssome combination of these.


  • 31 units: 11 core
  • 20 elective


  • Perform emergency first aid
  • Use structured problem-solving tools
  • Perform computations
  • Vulcanise products using an autoclave
  • Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
  • Apply protective coatings (advanced)
  • Assist in the provision of on the job training
  • Conduct hazard analysis
  • Cut polymer materials
  • Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment
  • Produce powder coated products
  • Select and control inspection processes and procedures
  • Apply workplace context to own job
  • Bond polymers to surfaces
  • Gas test atmospheres
  • Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Perform inspection
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Control surface finish production and finished product quality
  • Treat corrosion
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Order materials
  • Use hand tools
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Undertake dogging
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
  • Identify equipment faults
  • Operate portable vulcanising equipment
  • Plan to undertake a routine task
  • Fabricate polymer products
  • Use improvement processes in team activities
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Operate in a self-directed team
  • Apply quality systems
  • Observe permit work
  • Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
  • Lay up rubber lining or lag pulleys
  • Assist in development and deliver training in the workplace
  • Operate breathing apparatus
  • Work safely
  • Plan a complete activity
  • Erect/dismantle complex scaffolding and equipment
  • Apply quality procedures
  • Enter confined space
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Conduct formal interviews and negotiations
  • Organise on-site work
  • Undertake manual handling
  • Communicate with individuals and small groups
  • Issue work permits
  • Apply protective coatings (basic)
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • Purchase materials
  • Coordinate erection/dismantling of complex scaffolding/equipment
  • Perform advanced operation of load shifting equipment
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)
  • Operate mobile load shifting equipment
  • Use comparison and basic measuring devices
  • Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Prepare surfaces for coating
  • Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Glendale Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years
Glendale Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years
Wollongong Campus Domestic: $11,040
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years
Wollongong Campus Domestic: $11,040
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Glendale Campus, Glendale Campus.

Students resources are supplied at this present moment.

Campuses: Wollongong Campus, Wollongong Campus.

- Students are required to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.

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