Painter & Decorator (Commercial & Residential)

Certificate of Qualification 404C
❝ I like the creativity needed to create a finished product I am proud of.❞
Painters and decorators (commercial/residential) apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance departments, or they may be self-employed.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication skills, reading & numeracy

  • Strong problem-solving & planning skills

  • Creativity and an eye for detail

  • Good physical condition & ability to bend and stretch

  • Ability to work indoors & outdoors

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 10 minimum

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$14.00 – $43.00

Apprenticeship Program

Approximately 3-4 years, includes 6,000 hours of technical training and on-the-job training, and exam. Red Seal certification awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.


  • Read and interpret blueprints & specifications

  • Repair, clean and prepare surfaces

  • Mix coatings according to manufacturer’s specification

  • Select, mix and thin paints and stains to produce the desired colour & appearance

  • Apply coatings using brushes, rollers or spray equipment

  • Put up scaffolding and set up ladders

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Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employed

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Did you know?

Part of the job of a painter & decorator (commercial/residential) may involve effective collaboration with interior designers and architects.