Painter Decorator


Painter Decorator                                

Branch 1: Residential & Commercial (Trade Code 404C)

Branch 2: Industrial (Trade Code 404D) 

NOC 7294

Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (Voluntary Trade)


  • Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required
  • Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sand-blasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls, apply sealer
  • Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
  • Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing gates
  • Advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
  • Provide cost estimates to clients

Personal Qualities

  • You are comfortable working on ladders much of the time
  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental conditions
  • You can work bending down, stretching from side to side and often with your arms over your head
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You work with attention to detail
  • You are in good physical condition
  • Review the Essential Skills Profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons work for small, medium and large companies in the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors or indirectly for those companies through contractors
  • Many painters own their own business
  • Painters work in union and non-union environments
  • Painter Decorator 404C is a Red Seal Trade

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10
  • Completion of a 6,000 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • Painter Decorator is a voluntary trade

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