Painters/decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings, and specialty finishes.


  • Use, maintain and repair various types of spray pumps, spray guns, pressure washing equipment and sand blasting equipment & related components
  • Read and interpret blueprints
  • Repair, clean and prepare surfaces
  • Apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and structures
  • Mix coatings according to manufacturers’ specifications
  • Dispose of and recycle paints, coatings and solvents in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications & local regulations

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High School (recommended

  • Minimum Grade 10, Grade 12 preferred

Apprenticeship Program:
4 years of training, including 5,400 hours
of work-based training and 18 weeks of technical training hours and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading & numeracy
  • Strong problem-solving & planning skills
  • Creativity and an eye for detail
  • Good physical condition & ability to bend and stretch
  • Ability to work indoors & outdoors

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$18.00 – $42.00/hr *2020 rates

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You are detail-oriented.

You are creative.

You are comfortable working at heights.

Did You Know?

Humans have been painting for 30,000 years! Today, painter/decorators may collaborate with interior designers and architects as part of their work.