Painter & Decorator (Commercial & Residential)

Certificate of Qualification 404C

“Being a residential, commercial, or industrial painter means working with your hands, helping customers, creating art and esthetic beauty every day of your life.”

Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.


  • Apply paint or other materials such as stains, lacquer or varnish using brushes, rollers or spray equipment

  • Prepare and clean surfaces

  • Remove old wallpaper and paint

  • Repair cracks and holes in walls

  • Mix and thin paint

  • Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls

  • Build and install scaffolding

  • Advise customers on colour selection and choice of wall coverings

  • Provide cost estimates

  • Read specifications to determine required materials

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Physical endurance, flexibility and strength

  • Comfortable working on elevated work platforms and scaffolding

  • Attention to detail, problem-solving and job planning

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employed

Apprenticeship Program

6000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week in-class technical training sessions.

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$35.21/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

It’s not a career limited to one location, indoors or outdoors. Painters can find themselves working in an office tower one day, and on bridges and water towers the next.

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