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Painters and decorators

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Course Length

36 months.

Role Profile

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people. Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites.

Typical Job roles

Painters and Decorators work on both internal or external locations. They work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have GCSE grade D/3 or higher in Maths and English and must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Any candidate without Maths and English at grade C/4 will be required to pass English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1 qualifications before they can be put forward for the end point assessment of this apprenticeship. You will also aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.


Painter & Decorator Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.

Method of Delivery

Painter & Decorator apprentices attend College on block release and work for their employer the rest of the time. Practical assessment will take place during the apprenticeship. Apprentices will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence of work completed during their apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment will comprise of 3 parts:

  • Knowledge test
  • Skills test
  • Professional discussion

The knowledge test will computer based and will comprise of 50 multiple-choice questions. This will last 90 minutes.

The skills test will be an assessment of practical skills based on a task that will take place over 18 hours (3 days). The task will holistically assess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of a Painter & Decorator with 6 set questions asked by the independent assessor to test the apprentice’s underpinning knowledge.

The professional discussions will take a maximum of 60 minutes and will focus on questions that refer to different areas of a work site, as evidenced in the portfolio of completed work developed during the apprenticeship, in real work environments (e.g. photographs of pre, mid and post project and written description of task)

Career Progression

On completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level. Apprentices will progress onto a wide range of employment opportunities in the workplace. Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option. Candidates may also progress on to higher level qualifications.


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