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Painter & Decorator (Commercial & Residential)

Certificate of Qualification 404C

A Painter & Decorator (Commercial & Residential) is a skilled tradesperson who applies paint, wallpaper, and other decorative finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings, such as homes, offices, and commercial spaces. They must have a good understanding of paint application techniques, color theory, and surface preparation. Painter & Decorator (Commercial & Residential) may also be responsible for repairing and priming surfaces before applying finishes. They work in a variety of settings and must follow strict safety protocols to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. They may also be responsible for selecting and ordering paint and other materials.

Required Skills & Features

  • Physical endurance, flexibility and strength

  • Comfortable working on elevated work platforms and scaffolding

  • Attention to detail, problem solving and job planning

Minimum Standards

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)


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

Employment Areas

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employed

Duties & Responsibilities

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

  • Prepare and clean surfaces before painting.

  • Remove old wallpaper and paint from surfaces.

  • Repair cracks and holes in walls.

  • Mix and thin paint as needed.

  • Measure, cut, and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls.

  • Construct and install scaffolding as required.

  • Offer advice to customers on color selection and choice of wall coverings.

  • Provide cost estimates for projects.

  • Read specifications to determine the necessary materials for a job.

Painting the Wall

Certified Tradesperson Wage:​ 
Approx: $31/hr 


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