Painting & Decorating

If you become a painter / decorator you will work on all kinds of jobs, ranging from re-decorating houses to applying heavy-duty finishes to huge structures.

You can start work through an apprenticeship so you can earn while you learn.

Qualifications for painters and decorators include City & Guild Craft Certificate/Advanced Craft certificate or NVQ2.

These Painting and Decorating qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom/training facility and work based experienced with a working Painter and Decorator. Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.

There is an optional unit at Level 3 for restoration and conservation work, covering normal painting and decorating techniques but also advanced specialised finishes and detailed replica work.

Typical duties include

Painters and decorators may apply more complex finishes to a job including Artexing, rag-rolling, graining and marbling.

On an industrial job, painters work on structures like bridges or ships, using abrasive blasting methods to remove old coatings before applying new ones with industrial paint spraying equipment.

Skills Required

  • The ability to work carefully and pay attention to detail.
  • Good practical and creative skills.
  • The ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • A good head for heights and sense of balance.
  • An awareness of health and safety issues.
  • A good level of fitness.

Further Training

Some companies may encourage you to learn other trades such as plastering or tiling to enhance your skills. With experience, you can progress to supervisory positions or move into related areas of work within a company, such as estimating and contract management. You can also train to specialise in restoration work.

Guideline figures for Painting and Decorating salaries

New entrants can earn between £13,500 and £16,500. Average salaries for qualified workers are between £17,000 and £21,000. With supervisory duties or specialist skills you can earn over £22,000.

How to apply

To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455 or