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Apprenticeship Standard: Painter and Decorator

This course is the first step towards a career as a Painter and Decorator. The role of the Painter and Decorator is to prepare and internally/externally paint and decorate buildings and structures to architects’ specifications and industrial standards accurately and consistently.

Why Choose This Course?

You will be taught painting and decorating in our first-class workshops, classrooms and IT suites and will continue to repair, prepare, paint and decorate products, components and structures and produce specialist paint finishes on your own and in small teams. Of course, it’s not all about practical skills, employers need enthusiastic and engaged employees to meet the demands of the construction industry and to help their business grow. You will therefore need to gain further knowledge of how the construction industry and other trades work together and operate. This will give you the very best opportunity to progress and forge a successful and rewarding career in the construction industry.

As an Apprentice, you will follow a programme which will consist of your college-based painting and decorating course, work-based assessment of skills on site and end point assessment. You will also compile a portfolio of evidence detailing the work you have undertaken in the workplace. This will be used to inform your independent assessment at the end of the programme.

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Start date: 01/08/2023

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
1 year

Top Course Highlights

Small class sizes

experienced tutors

industry-standard facilities

links with employers

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Learn from sector experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who have all been tradespeople themselves. You will learn to advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the job role of Painter and Decorator and the construction industry as a whole.

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Develop work-related skills

During your programme, you will develop personal and work-related skills which will further enhance the skills which you are developing in the workplace as an Apprentice Painter and Decorator.

C&G Level 1 Diploma In Painting & Decorating TC

Enjoy professional surroundings

Our Construction facilities are equipped with the latest industry-standard painting and decorating equipment and resources. We enjoy partnerships with many large suppliers and employers and as a result, students experience painting and decorating skills in a realistic working environment.

What Will I Learn?

You will be taught painting and decorating through a blended learning approach, incorporating taught practical and theory sessions, workplace learning, assessments and online learning. One to one support, tuition and advice from our team of experienced and qualified tutors, assessors and advisors, will be integral to your Apprenticeship programme.

Core components you will study in the workplace and College environment include:

  • The purpose of a range of equipment, tools and materials.
  • The characteristics of materials and their reaction to atmospheric conditions.
  • Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection and storage of materials and equipment.
  • Work hazards, safe working methods and appropriate safety requirements.
  • How to work at height including the safe use of platforms, steps, ladders and scaffold.
  • Key factors and systems of working in different sectors, such as occupied properties and health and education facilities where residents, patients and students may be present.

Specific painter and decorator duties include:

  • The difference in systems for new and pre-decorated surfaces.
  • Types of preparation methods, including removal of previous coatings and wallcoverings using hand tools, power tools and chemicals.
  • Traditional and modern methods of making good surfaces.
  • Different systems for metals, wood, plastic and factory finishes.
  • Techniques of application by brush, roller, pressure assisted roller and spray application.
  • Specialist decorative techniques, for example, graining, marbling and gilding.
  • The skills of removal and application of wallcoverings
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Where Will It Take Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship or on to full-time employment as a Painter and Decorator. There are many opportunities for skilled painters and decorators in the building industry, working for large and small companies and/or in self-employment.

Assessment Arrangements

Painting and Decorating practical coursework will be assessed through set practical tasks in well-equipped workshops. Knowledge is assessed via internally and externally set test papers and externally set practical and online exams.

Entry Requirements

You must be employed as an Apprentice within the construction sector, related to the trade area you wish to pursue. It is advantageous to have at least a Grade 2 or equivalent in GCSE Maths and English Language or Literature. Should you not achieve this, you should still apply as each applicant will be invited to attend an interview with the course manager. All successful candidates will gain a place on the programme.

Information & Support

The student support team are there to support you and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and pastoral issues. A professional team of staff work together with your personal tutor to support you in successfully completing your course and pursuing pathways to progression as a Painter and Decorator.

Additional Information

As in the workplace, PPE will be required for the course, such as safety boots, goggles etc. You will be provided with a full list of the protective equipment requirements of the course before you start.

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What you could earn

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Chartered Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Chartered Architectural Technologists
  • Production Managers and Directors in Construction
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
  • Elementary Construction Occupations
  • Construction Operatives
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