Painters and decorators work on domestic and industrial projects ranging from redecorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges. Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,000 and £21,500 a year, while decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year. Self-employed painters and decorators set their own rates.

Apprenticeships are a common entry route into this career and achieving relevant qualifications can enhance your income and progression opportunities. This 18 month apprenticeship is the first step to a career as a painter and decorator.

  • About the Course

    You will study:


    • Conforming to general safety in the workplace
    • Conforming to efficient working practices in the workplace
    • Moving and handling resources in the workplace
    • Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace
    • Preparing surfaces for painting/decorating in the workplace
    • Applying paint systems by brush and roller in the workplace
    You will also complete courses in:
    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 1
    • English functional skills level 1
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Entry Requirements

    For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older and working as a painter or industrial painter on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises.

    You may have already completed a young apprenticeship scheme in construction, the 14-19 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, or a craft occupation at Level 1. Alternatively, you may have previously worked in construction (e.g. as a labourer), or been referred through the Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative or the Construction Youth Trust.

    You should have functional skills in English and maths or key skills in application of number and communication.

  • Progression

    On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Decorative Finishing. After gaining work experience in your chosen occupation, there may be opportunities for you to progress to occupational work supervision, management or technical support.

  • Assessment Method

    To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

    Competence qualification

    Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations (Construction). You must achieve all the mandatory units to complete this qualification. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

    Knowledge qualification

    Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations - Painting and Decorating Pathway. Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.

    Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

    Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

    • Creative thinking
    • Independent enquiry
    • Reflective learning
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork
    • Effective participation.

    Transferable skills qualifications

    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1
    • English Functional Skills Level 1

    Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 2

Location Feltham

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting (Construction)

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