Unfortunately the Box Hill Institute in 2015 decided not to provide the Picture Framing Apprenticeship, except for current apprentices.  This decision along with the Apprenticeship not being available from TAFEs in other States and Territories presents a significant issue to the Picture Framing Industry across Australia. 

The PFGA was and still is responsible for the development and promotion of the Picture Framing Apprenticeship in Australia.  It is through the continual efforts of President, Mark Heydon and Executive Officer, Neil Craven that many Picture Framers were able to avail themselves of the many benefits associated with the Apprenticeship.  

Picture Framers are advised that the PFGA is currently holding discussions with the Holmesglen TAFE in Victoria and also at both Federal and State Government levels to ensure the continuation of the Picture Framing Industry Apprenticeship in Victoria and also for all States and Territories.

The PFGA is committed to the Apprenticeship and is working very diligently to restore the Apprenticeship.  


For the Picture Framing Apprenticeship to continue and more importantly to be available in all States and Territories, The PFGA on behalf of the Picture Framing Industry requires the support form its members and the Picture framing Industry.

The PFGA would appreciate letters of support from Picture Framers;

  1. Who are currently employing apprentices;
  2. Who have previously engaged and benefited from employing Apprentices.  Please state in a few sentences the benefits to your business arising from the employment of apprentices;
  3. Who would like to employ Apprentices in the future;
  4. Who would like to convert an existing employee or employees to the Apprenticeship.

Picture Framers’ letters of support should be on Picture Framers’ letterhead and addressed to 

Neil Craven 

Executive Officer

Picture Framers Guild of Australia

P O Box 3075


Picture Framers letters of support mailed emailed to me; or mailed to the above address.

Your assistance and support is vital to the continuation of the Picture Framing Apprenticeship and appreciated by the PFGA.

Also, Picture Framers who wish to employ an apprentice(s) or convert existing employees to Apprentices are requested to advise the PFGA 

Members will be advised of all developments.  

Thank you for your assistance.


The Picture Framers Guild of Australia is the principal champion of and strongly promoted the Certificate III – Picture Framing Trade Apprenticeship.

In 2013, there were 22 apprentices enrolled in Victoria, 10 in New South Wales, 7 in Queensland and 3 apprentices in South Australia.  (In 2007 there were only 3 apprentices in Victoria).  Furthermore the number of female apprentices is increasing each year.

The Certificate III – Picture Framing Trade Apprenticeship is 95% work placed based with each Apprentice only required to attend an RTO for 3-6 days in total during the Apprenticeship.  

The Certificate III – Picture Framing Trade Apprenticeship is nationally recognised and endorsed by all Registered Training Organisations in Australia and is part of the Australian Qualification Network.

The Apprenticeship Training Package Units of Competency and modules were developed in 2002 by PFGA Members including full time picture framers of many years experience and expertise.  It was developed to meet specific needs of the Picture Framing Industry.

The Training Package provides for the delivery of structured accredited training.

The Training Package comprises three key components including:-

  • Competency standards, providing units of competency that describe workplace outcomes;
  • Assessment Guidelines, detailing the industry requirements for assessment; and
  • A Qualifications Framework outlining the Units of Competency is part of the nationally recognised qualifications.

Units of Competency

MOHS200AWork Safely 30hr

MSUP102A Communicate in the workplace 20hr

SFGN2001 Make measurement and calculations 30hr

MUSP106A Work in a team 30hr

AENV272B Participate in environment sustainable work practices 30hr

SFPF2001 Use picture framing sector hand and power tools 40hr

SFPF2002 Cut mouldings to length 28hr

SFPF2003 Join mouldings 40hr

SFPF2004 Mount Artwork 52hr

SFPF2005 Cut mat boards 44hr

SFPF2006 Cut and handle glazing materials for framing 24hr

SFPF2007 Assemble a basic artwork package 40hr

SFPF2008 Recognise and repair finishes of framing materials 44hr

SFPF3001 De-frame artwork 32hr

SFPF3002 Decorate mat boards 48hr

SFPF3003 Set up and operate CNC machines for picture framing work  60hr

SFPF3004 Prepare textiles for framing 60hr

SFPF3005 Recognise and handle artwork for framing 60hr

SFPF3006 Prepare design requirements for framing 48hr

SFPF3007 Apply frame finishes 48hr

SFPF3008 Assemble artwork package (complex) 60hr

SFPF3009 Install artwork 28hr

Assessment Process

Assessment of an Apprentice is performed 95% at the workplace.  Assessment in respect of the first four units is completed at the RTO.  

Where an apprentice has completed additional training, (e.g. carpentry), the Apprentice will be given prior recognition for units completed.  Depending on the Apprentice’s past knowledge, aptitude and skills, the amount of time spent at the RTO will vary from 3 to 6 days.

Where the apprentice is assessed at their workplace, he or she will need to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as well as present examples of the completed units.

Experienced picture framers will be credited with Units of Competency where they are able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

The Certificate III – Picture Framing Trade Apprenticeship is for normally a three or four year Apprenticeship.

The Certificate III – Picture Framing Trade Apprenticeship is thorough, genuine and nationally accredited.

Recognition for Past Learning

A process for Recognition for Past Learning, (RPL) is available to experienced Picture Framers. 

It is expected that a picture framer seeking to be recognised for prior learning will have been a picture framer for at least 5 years.

This process is performed by an RTO and involves a series of interviews and demonstration of skills.

Note, a Picture Framer who is undertaking an RPL process is not entitled to the Government incentives and will be required to pay for their assessment.  The relevant RTO delivering the Picture Framing Apprenticeship and its assessment will advise re the costs involved.

Promotion of Qualifications

The PFGA are proud of a Picture Framer’s qualifications.  Picture Framers are encouraged to display their qualifications, particularly those of their Apprentices.  The display of the Picture Framers qualifications says to their customers, that their item for framing will be framed by a qualified Picture Framer who will take the additional care and ensure the relevant Picture Framing Standards and materials are expertly applied. 

Moreover for the Apprentice, it is recognition of their skills, aptitude and knowledge and displays their pride in their work.

Government Incentives for Employers and Apprentices 

The following is a summary of the current standard incentives available from the Australian Government.  Unless varied, these incentives will be applicable once the Picture Framing Apprenticeship is again available.

Some State Governments provide additional incentives, although this varies from State to State.

Standard Commencement

  • $1,250 incentive for an employer who commences an Australian Apprentice in a nominated equity group in a Certificate II qualification; or
  • $1,500 incentive for an employer who commences an Australian Apprentice in a Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Standard Completion

  • $2,500 incentive for employers of Australian Apprentices who successfully complete a Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

  • Australian Government financial support is available for adult workers, (including existing employees), (aged 25 years or over) to upgrade their skills through an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.
  • Payment rates for full-time Australian Apprentices are as follows:

After 12 months for an adult apprentice 25 years or older, the employer may be entitled to a one off payment of $4000 depending upon the rate of pay paid to the Apprentice.For further information in respect of Australian Government incentives, see 


Each year the Apprentice of the year is recognised by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the relevant State RTO.

Wage Rates for Apprentices

The PFGA provides to its members a schedule of wage rates applicable to Apprentices and Adult Apprentices.  



Principal Assessor

Bryan Langworthy:0428 284 017

Apprenticeship Services

Jobs PlusDavid Smith 0438 328 759

The PFGA is currently developing RTO and Apprenticeship Services alliances in each of the other states.  It is the PFGA’s aim to have the Apprenticeship program operating throughout Australia.

Further information re: Picture Framing Apprenticeships; contact PFGA Executive Officer, Neil Craven on 0419 500 609 or by email;