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Painter and Decorator

Painting and Decorating is a finishing trade. Painters 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. 


Certificate III Painting and Decorating


Residential / Commercial

What might a working day look like?

Each day can be different depending on the job, and you may be involved in:

  • Sanding and preparing surfaces to be painted
  • Filling any holes and cracks before priming
  • Brushing, rolling or spaying substrates
  • Cleaning brushes, rollers and other equipment
  • Working at heights e.g., using extension ladders, elevated work platforms (scissor lifts/boom lifts) and erecting and dismantling scaffolding
  • Applying decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, wood graining and marbling
  • Applying wallpaper to various substrates
  • Applying protective coatings;  Marine vessel, industrial coating, fireproof and fire-retardant coatings
  • Working in a team or independently

Working hours

  • Full-time hours per week


  • Working indoors and/or outdoors in most weather conditions
  • Working at heights 

Skills and personal qualities

  • Work as a team or independently
  • Problem solving skills and good hand eye coordination
  • Enjoy practical work and have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Creative, attention to detail and normal colour vision
  • Enjoy subjects such as Visual Arts, Maths, Design and Technology

How to get started

To become a tradesperson, you will need to complete a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating apprenticeship. You can get a head start on your career by completing a pre-apprenticeship to gain a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades).

Future Pathways and opportunities

  • Trainer and Assessor
  • Supervisor
  • Business owner
  • Interior Designer

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The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.