How to become a Painter and Decorator

Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures. Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings, industrial structures and equipment. They may also concentrate exclusively on restoration work.

Personal requirements of a Painter and Decorator

  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work at heights
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good sense of balance
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Painter and Decorator

To become a painter and decorator you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.




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