Painters and Decorators 


Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.


Work: Painters and decorators perform some or all of the following duties: , Read specifications to determine quantities of 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; and sandpaper and apply sealer; Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture; Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, 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; May provide cost estimates to clients.

Title Examples: Construction Painter, Decorator, Maintenance Painter, Painter, Painter and Decorator, Painter and Decorator Apprentice, Paper Hanger

Useful Secondary School subjects: Industrial Arts, Business English, Math

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need a high school diploma. , You may need trade certification in the province/territory where you'll work. , To gain trade certification, you usually need an apprenticeship or a combination of experience and trade courses. , Qualified tradespersons in this group may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1 in 4 has a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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