Painter and Decorator

WHAT YOU DO

When you think of painters, famous artists like Michelangelo and Monet probably come to mind first. Tradespeople are the unsung heroes working quietly behind the scenes. They colour our world and set the tone for our daily lives, turning drab concrete structures into iconic landmarks, brightening ageing buildings and transforming boring white walls into works of art.

As a Painter and Decorator, paintbrushes and rollers are your tools, but your canvases come in all shapes and sizes. One day, you might find yourself high up on a scaffold painting the beams of a bridge; the next, you could be measuring wallpaper for a luxury hotel suite. Regardless of the project, you have a good sense of colour, an eye for detail and a taste for heights.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read specifications and estimate materials
  • How to set up scaffolding
  • How to prepare surfaces by scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and more
  • How to repair cracks and holes in walls
  • How to mix and thin paint to achieve different colours and textures
  • How to apply paint, stain, lacquer, enamel, metal coating and more
  • How to measure, cut and apply wallpaper and fabric to walls
  • How to help customers choose wall coverings and colour schemes

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Many Painters and Decorators choose to work for construction companies and painting or building maintenance contractors, while others venture out and start businesses of their own.

Types of Workplaces

  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial Organizations
  • Independent Contractors and Painting Companies
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Within this program, you’ll be paired with an experienced Painter and Decorator who has knowledge and experience on everything from home interiors, residential painting and wall covering work; to industrial tanks and conveyors, corrosion control, wood staining, and surface preparation.

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Artisans are

ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Manage workplace hazards and understand WHMIS
  • Preparing surfaces and apply paint and coatings
  • Understand and apply colour theory
  • Project planning and business management
  • Application of Wall Coverings and finishes

Earn

$33K - $44K annually
$12.00 - $25.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    may be gaps between projects

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Artisan's Story

Shanna Shirey, 20

Baker

Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.