A career in the painting and decorating industry can be creative and satisfying as you contribute to beautifying and preserving buildings and structures. The painting and decorating trade includes:
If you think this is you, then maybe a painting apprenticeship is for you.
Who should consider entering the painting and decorating trade?
Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.
A Painter and Decorator may perform the following tasks:
Painters may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings or industrial structures and equipment. They may work alone or as members of a team. They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.
Qualification Awarded: Certificate III Painting and Decorating
What subjects make up Certificate III Painting and Decorating? Find out
How do I get a painting and decorating apprenticeship?
It is highly recommended that people considering this career firstly undertake a pre-vocational Certificate I in construction. A pre-vocational course gives the student an idea of what it is like to work in the industry, providing some solid foundation skills to enter the workplace, and the opportunity to participate in on the job vocational placement. You will gain some credit for your apprenticeship by undertaking a pre-vocational course.
Many students find employment with the employer they are assigned to for vocational placement in their pre-vocational course. Check our forum for employers looking for apprentices.
Course Duration: 4 years (full time) - formal training completed after 3 years
A painting and decorating apprenticeship is broken into a number of stages. While this is time-tabled over 3 years this is competency based training,and therefore students can progress faster through some parts of the apprenticeship if they are fast learners.
South Australia: IS Australia
Contact: (08) 8282 3700
NSW: Masters in Building Training
Contact: Marcin Antosz 0431 907913
QLD: Aussie Painters Network
Contact: (07) 3555 8010
VIC: Trade Institute of Victoria
Contact Peta Cherry 0420 456 348
NT: IS Australia
Contact: 0402 312234
WA: Masters in Building Training
Contact: Daniel Wurm 0402 312234
Call NIPD for advice and information on painting apprenticeships:
Tel: 1300 319 790