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Job Description

A Painter and Decorator prepares and decorates a surface using a range of finishes (such as paint or wallpaper) in accordance with clients' wishes. This could be in a self-employed position working on houses, schools, shops and other buildings or working for a larger construction firm which would include more industrial scale jobs.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You could start as a painter and decorator's labourer or 'mate' and learn on the job. You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You could take a college course in basic painting and decorating, which may help you when looking for a trainee position. 

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on most building sites.

Go Construct has more information about careers in painting and decorating.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a team supervisor or move into related areas like estimating, contract management, interior or set design, or apprentice training.

You could also work in heritage conservation, or set up your own business.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Dry liner
  • Interior designer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Plasterer
  • Steeplejack

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need to:

  • be punctual
  • be reliable
  • have the ability to work to deadlines
  • have a good eye for detail
  • have a good awareness of health and safety procedures

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £30,000

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