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National Craft Certificate Apprenticeship in Painting & Decorating


What is a Painter and Decorator?

Painter and Decorators apply paint coatings, wall coverings and other materials internally and externally for decorative and preservation purposes. This can be to walls/surfaces in private dwellings and in commercial/industrial locations or other structures. Painters and Decorators can also be involved in the designing and producing of sign work and displays; and advice on colour selection and interior design.

Painter and Decorators are usually employed by building or painting contractors or may be
self-employed. Painter and Decorators require many skills including:

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Being aware of how colours, textures and shapes are used in design
  • Knowledge of renovation, preservation and restoration
  • Performing a range of painting techniques
  • Application of wall hangings to a wide variety of situations
  • Designing and producing sign work and displays
  • Advising on colour selection and interior design