Painter and Decorator – Branch 1, Residential & Commercial

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read and interpret blueprints, specifications and other instructions to determine quantities of the materials required
  • Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sand-blasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls, apply sealer
  • Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
  • Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fiberglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing gates
  • Advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
  • Be able to prepare surfaces in industrial applications
  • Provide cost estimates to clients

Personal Qualities

  • You are comfortable working on ladders much of the time
  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental conditions
  • You can work bending down, stretching from side to side and often with your arms over your head
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You work with attention to detail
  • You are in good physical condition
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons work for small, medium and large companies in the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors or indirectly for those companies through contractors
  • Many painters own their own business
  • Painters work in union and non-union environments

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, Grade 12 is recommended with courses in Visual Arts, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship
  • Several colleges offer two year co-op programs in Interior Decorating, continuing education (certificate) programs which may be beneficial
  • Completion of a 3 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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