Painter & Decorator (Industrial)

Certificate of Qualification 404D

“I’m proud to be able to use my attention to detail in a creative way.”

Industrial painters work primarily in infrastructure, construction & manufacturing settings to apply various epoxies, urethane & other protective coatings to a variety of materials & surfaces. Being an industrial painter provides tradespeople the opportunity to work on a variety of work sites, with the opportunity to apply your unique set of skills in many settings, or to subspecialize in one of the coating styles.


  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications

  • Prepare surfaces for industrial applications

  • Mix coatings according to manufacturer’s specification

  • Apply coatings using brushes, rollers or spray equipment

  • Practice quality control

  • Assemble and erect scaffolding and other access equipment

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Physical endurance, flexibility & strength

  • Comfortable working on elevated work platforms & scaffolding

  • Attention to detail, problem-solving & job planning
    Strong communication, reading & numeracy

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

$39.10/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

Industrial painters often work outdoors but may work in confined spaces like the inside of a large storage tank. Those who paint building infrastructure may need to be suspended with ropes or cables.

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