What is a Painter?
Painters apply paint, wall coverings and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.
In general, painters:
- Estimate the quantity of materials required by measuring surfaces or reviewing a work order
- Remove the old coating by stripping it with solvents, heat, sanding, wire brushing, or water and sand blasting
- Prepare the surface for covering by cleaning it, filling nail holes and cracks, and sanding rough spots
- Apply an undercoat primer or sealer before painting
- Match specified colours by using premixed paints, or mixing colour, pigment, oil, thinning and drying additives
- Use brushes, rollers or spray guns to apply liquid coatings such as paint, stain or varnish to surfaces of wood, metal, brick, concrete, plaster, stucco or stone
- Sandblast and apply industrial coatings
- Apply faux finishes
- Apply paper, or natural and synthetic fabric wall coverings, fire-proof and fire-retardant coating
Skills & Abilities
People who enjoy working in this trade tend to prefer work that involves variety, creativity, and recognition for their skills.
To be successful in the trade painters need:
- Good colour sense
- Manual dexterity
- The ability to lift up to 25 kilograms
- The ability to work at heights
- The strength required to move heavy ladders or set up scaffolding
- A desire to do a precise and thorough job
The term of apprenticeship for a painter is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1300 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the Painting trade or holds a related journeyman certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.
A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.
To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a painter, contact the Painters & Allied Trades District Council 17.
For a quick summary of a career as a painter, ask about the painter trade card.