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Painter and decorator

Alternative titles for this job include

Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to the inside and outside of buildings.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

How to become a painter and decorator

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

You could take a college course like:

  • Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating
  • T level for Painters and Decorators

This will teach you some of the skills you'll need and help you to find a job as a trainee with a decorating company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could do a painter and decorator intermediate apprenticeship.

This will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could work as a painter and decorator's labourer or 'mate'. Your employer may give you the chance to take further training on the job to become a qualified painter and decorator.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Painting and Decorating Association for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out about careers in painting and decorating from Go Construct.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you will:

  • work out how much paint or wall covering is needed for a job
  • lay down dust sheets and prepare materials
  • strip off old wallpaper or layers of paint
  • fill holes and cracks and make sure surfaces are level
  • cover surfaces with primer and undercoat
  • mix paint to the right shade, often using computerised colour-matching equipment
  • apply coats of paint or hang wallpaper
  • add special finishes like stains, varnishes or marbling
  • tidy up after finishing, and clean your tools

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be at height.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team supervisor or move into related areas like estimating, contract management, interior or set design, or apprentice training.

You could also work in heritage conservation, or set up your own business.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 2 Apprentice Painter Decorator

  • Wage: £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Stockport

Apprentice Painter & Decorator

  • Wage: £175.50 Weekly
  • Location: Watford

Courses In England

Painting & Decorating

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Hull

Diploma in Painting and Decorating

  • Provider: FURNESS COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: BARROW-IN-FURNESS

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