Qualified Painter and Decorator

Painter & Decorator

Painters and Decorators work on a wide range of painting and decorating jobs, ranging from simple house renovations all the way to maintaining historic buildings.

The Role

  • Working out what materials are needed for a particular project by taking measurements, or looking at job specifications or drawings
  • Erecting scaffolding, cradles and ladders
  • Putting out dustsheets to protect areas from dripping paint
  • Removing old paint or paper by sanding or scraping, or by using blowtorches, liquid paint removers or steam strippers
  • Preparing surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joins and washing them down to remove dust and grease.
  • Applying paint, stains, varnishes and other finishes using brushes, rollers or spraying equipment.
  • Wallpapering


  • Newly trained painter and decorators can earn in the region of £12,000 - £15,000
  • Trained with experience painter and decorators can earn in the region of £18,000 - £25,000
  • Senior/Master Craft painter and decorators can earn in the region of £25,000 - £29,000
  • Self-employed painter and decorators set their own pay rates.

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. 

Qualifications and Training

After school you could choose to go into employment, either with a business directly or as an apprentice for a painting and decorating business. You will usually train on the job, with day or block release at a local college or training centre. A Level 2 apprenticeship will take up to two years to complete, and you can then progress on to a Level 3 with an additional year of college and training.

Once you are qualified as a painter and decorator you can do more training in techniques specific to the business you’re working for. For example, you can work towards an NVQ Level 3 in decorative finishing and industrial painting.

It's possible to start out with trainee construction jobs in painting and decorating to gradually experience each of the tasks detailed above, initially supervised but gradually taking on more and more responsibility.


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Find out more

For information on the Painter/ Decorator role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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