Painting & Decorating

Program Name: 
Painting & Decorating Apprentice

Painters apply paint, stain, varnish and other finishes to buildings and other structures. They select the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered, taking into account durability, ease of handling, method of application and customer wishes. Painters first prepare the surfaces to be covered, so that the paint will adhere properly. This may require removing the old coat of paint by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, or water and abrasive blasting. Painters also wash walls and trim to remove dirt and grease, fill nail holes and cracks, sandpaper rough spots and brush off dust. On new surfaces, they apply a primer or sealer to prepare the surface for the finish coat. Painters also mix paints and match colors, relying on knowledge of paint composition and color harmony. They also cover walls and ceilings with decorative wall coverings made of paper, vinyl or fabric.

Median Salary After Completion: 
$49,136
Occupation Titles: 

Not yet available

Program Number: 
50-424-1
Training Details: 

4-year training program
5,840 hours on-the-job training
400 hours paid related instruction
Additional related instruction may be required
Training includes instruction in color harmony use and care of tools and equipment, surface preparation, application techniques, paint mixing and matching characteristics of different finishes, blueprint reading, wood finishing and safety

Application Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
High school diploma or equivalent
Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
Physically able to perform trade
Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
Ability to distinguish colors

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