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.
You can get into this role through a college course, apprenticeship or work based route.
You could take a college course which will teach you some of skills you need and may help when looking for a trainee position.
Relevant courses include:
- Painting and Decorating (Diploma Level 2)
- Painting and Decorating (Diploma Level 1)
- Building and Property Maintenance (Diploma Level 2)
You will usually need
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or equivalent for a level 2 course
The following colleges offer courses in painting and decorating
- City College Norwich
- College of West Anglia
- East Coast College
- West Suffolk College
- Suffolk New College
You could do a painter and decorator intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2)
Entry requirements can vary, GCSEs in English and maths are often desirable but not always essential
Work based route
You could start by working as a painter and decorator's 'mate' and learn on the job and then take further training to become fully qualified.
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
Although you may be able to get into this role without formal qualifications, we highly recommend that you try to achieve at least a grade 4 (C) in English & Maths. Achieving this minimum grade in these subject will increase opportunities in the future and help with your career development and prospects.
If you don't achieve the minimum grades, you will be supported to continue to study English and Maths throughout your full-time education or an apprenticeship.
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
£15,000 to £30,000