Painter & Decorator

Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.  There are several categories of painting, including architectural painting, which involves the internal or external painting of domestic homes, and commercial and industrial painting which is the painting and preservation of industrial structures and equipment.  Painters and decorators may perform tasks including: 

  • working out the quantity of materials needed for a job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings;
  • erecting scaffolding, cradles and ladders, and placing dropsheets to protect areas from paint spattering;
  • removing old paint or paper by sanding, scraping etc and using steam strippers to remove wallpaper;
  • preparing surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling and sealing holes, cracks and joins;
  • selecting or preparing paints to match colours by the addition of tinters;
  • brushing, rolling or spraying the paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes;
  • spraying paint surfaces using a spray gun or a range of specialised equipment; and
  • applying decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.

Painters and decorators may work alone or as members of a team.  They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.

Personal Requirements

  • reasonable level of physical fitness
  • a good head for heights
  • normal colour vision

Education and Training

Entry to this occupation is by completion of a pre-apprenticeship course to gain a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Painting and Decorating), or a contract of training involving completion of a traditional apprenticeship.

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction – Fitout and Finish (Painting and Decorating)
  • Certificate III in Building and Construction – Fitout and Finish (Painting and Decorating
  • Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating

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