Painter & Decorator (Industrial)

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Certificate of Qualification 404D
❝ I like using my skills and creativity to create a finished product I can be proud of.❞
A Painter and Decorator (Industrial) applies protective finishes in commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (e.g., wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) before applying materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing and specialty finishes.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading & numeracy

  • Strong problem-solving & planning skills

  • Creativity and an eye for detail

  • Physical strength & balance

  • Ability to work in high places, outdoors & in diverse weather

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 10 minimum

  • Courses in math, science, mechanics, technical drawing & shop

Apprenticeship Program

Approximately 3 years, includes 720 hours of technical training and 5,280 on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.


  • Read and interpret blueprints & specifications

  • Prepare surfaces for industrial applications

  • Mix coatings according to manufacturer’s specification

  • Apply coatings using brushes, rollers or spray equipment

  • Practice quality control

  • Assemble and erect scaffolding & other access equipment

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$35.39 – $58.99/hr

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Did you know?

Industrial painters often work outdoors but may work in confined spaces like the inside of a large storage tank. Those who paint building infrastructure may need to be suspended with ropes or cables.


International Union of Painters & Allied Trades