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Picture framer

Alternative titles for this job include

Picture framers mount items like photographs, paintings and other artwork for display.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become Picture framer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could start by taking a short course in picture framing run by a college or adult education centre. Some colleges may also cover picture framing as part of a broader art and design course.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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It may be possible to work your way into this role by starting as a gallery assistant.

Working alongside an experienced framer may give you the chance to train on the job.

Other Routes

You could train in picture framing by doing specialised courses with a gallery or framing company. You can find details of training providers through the Fine Art Trade Guild.

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Career tips

Gallery experience or skills in woodworking may be useful.

Further information

The Fine Art Trade Guild has more advice on how to get into picture framing.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • design skills and knowledge
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you'll:

  • talk to customers about what they want
  • give advice on colours, styles and materials for mounts and frames
  • work out costs and give quotes and timescales for jobs
  • cut mount board, plastic and glass to the correct size
  • create bevelled edges and joins using hand or machine tools
  • mount artwork and assemble frames
  • pack and deliver finished framed items
  • stocktake and order supplies

Working environment

You could work from home or at a store.

Your working environment may be dusty.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could start your own business or take on a picture framing franchise.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Picture framing and mounting for beginners

  • Start date: 10 September 2024
  • Location: London

Picture Framing for Beginners and Improvers - Intensive

  • Start date: 30 July 2024
  • Location: Richmond

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