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Painting & Decorating

Become a professional painter and decorator and learn specialist techniques and decorative effects to enable you to set up your own business or join forces with other professionals.

Painting & Decorating is taught in our new, purpose-built industry standard Ribblehead Construction Building on our Aireville Campus, Skipton. You will have access to purpose made booths for training and assessment with specialist industry standard equipment.
Our tutors are specialist craftspeople and have many year’s experiences in the construction industry in both large and small businesses with specialisms in heritage and conservation work. You will have the opportunity to enter the prestigious CITB Skill Build competition.
All tools, equipment and materials are provided.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – Painting & Decorating Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English or maths GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Level 2 – Painting & Decorating Level 1 including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-2
  • Level 1 – Construction Trades (Multi-Skills) Level 1

What you will study

  • Knowledge of Construction Technology
  • Erect & Dismantle Access Equipment & Working Platforms
  • Prepare Common Surface Types for Decoration
  • Apply Basic Paint Systems by Brush & Roller
  • Apply Foundation & Plain Papers
  • Produce Standard Decorative Finishes
  • Health, Safety & Welfare in Construction & Associated Industries
  • Knowledge of Technical Information, Quantities & Communication with Others
  • Erect & Dismantle Access Equipment & Working Platforms
  • Prepare Surfaces for Decoration
  • Apply Paint Systems by Brush & Roller
  • Apply Standard Papers to Ceilings & Walls
  • Produce Specialist Decorative Finishes
  • Apply Water-borne Paint Systems using High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP)
  • Spray Equipment.G58
  • Erect & Dismantle Access Equipment & Working Platforms
  • Prepare Surfaces for Protection & Decoration
  • Apply Coatings by Brush & Roller
  • Apply Wall Coverings to Ceilings & Walls
  • Produce Advanced Decorative Finishes
  • Carry Out Specialist Architectural Feature Work
  • Apply Water-borne Paint Systems using Airless Equipment

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  • Construction Management
  • Advanced Apprenticeship


  • Painter & Decorator Specialist
Meet the team
  •   Plastering Tutor and Student Success at SkillBuild 2021 National Competition   •   SkillBuild – Student Takes on Regional Heats   •   Plastering Competition