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Painter & Decorator Apprenticeship

Do you have an eye for design, good practical skills and the ability to work creatively and independently? Develop your painting & decorating skills to a high standard and get the opportunity to work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects with this Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship.

Course Level:
Level 2
2 Years
Aireville Campus
Awarding Body:
City & Guilds

Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.


Knowledge & Understanding

  • Equipment, tools & materials
  • Materials & their reactions
  • Safe & efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection & storage of materials & equipment
  • Work hazards, safe working methods & appropriate safety requirements
  • How to work at height Appropriate products & use of colour
  • The company’s services
  • Formal & informal communication
  • Information technology in the workplace
  • Costing, pricing & budgeting
  • Time, schedule & costs associated with a project
  • Key factors & systems of working in different sectors,
  • Differences between modern & traditional construction methods
  • Different products – waterborne, solvent-borne & epoxy
  • Drying, curing & recoating times
  • The effect of colour – good design/colour & contrast for impaired vision
  • Common problems, how to prevent & correct
  • Datasheets, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health sheets, method statements & risk assessments
  • Systems for new & pre-decorated surfaces
  • Types of preparation methods
  • Traditional & modern methods of making good surfaces
  • Different systems for metals, wood, plastic & factory finishes
  • Techniques of application
  • Specialist decorative techniques
  • Removal & application of wallcoverings

Core Skills

  • Prepare the work area safely
  • Identify hazards & risks in the workplace
  • Select, use, maintain & store, paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders & towers safely
  • Follow & maintain work procedures & method statements
  • Efficient & effective use of resources, time & materials
  • Accident or incident reporting
  • Prepare for meetings & discussions
  • Use appropriate listening, & questioning techniques
  • Use appropriate terminology
  • Work to allocated times & schedules
  • Identify different industry sectors
  • Identify different building methods
  • Interpret specification documents & ensure correct preparation
  • Refer to manufacturers’ product information & data sheets
  • Advise clients about basic colour choices.
  • Recommend appropriate products
  • Identify & rectify common problems
  • Use health & safety documents
  • Identify substrates, hardwood, softwood, ferrous & non-ferrous metal, factory finished etc.
  • Prepare & strip surfaces
  • Understand & apply powder, two- pack, surfacers & resin fillers
  • Use different application methods
  • Wallpaper using techniques for the hanging of lining paper, standard papers, digital print & wide width

Entry Requirements

  • Employment within the industry
  • 3 GCSEs grade 9-3

Your choices may include:

  • Contractor
  • Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Specialist

Struggling to find an employer – don’t worry!

Join our Apprenticeship Access Academy and join a full-time course until you find one. We’ll even give you the heads up when a suitable vacancy comes up. Plus, we will support you to improve your employability skills.

Want to know more? Speak to the Apprenticeship Team now on 01756 693 681 and we will do our best to get you started in your dream job.