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National Craft Certificate Apprenticeship in Painting & Decorating


The painting and decorating professional is responsible for the external and internal appearance of a building and its protection from water, rust, mould, and insects.  Building sites and types are highly varied, including offices, factories, schools, hotels, and private homes in all settings and climates.


They will possess a range of skills, involving communication, creativity, innovation, and problem solving; and may offer a range of services, including interpreting client requirements and drawings, advising on designs/colours, painting, spraying, decorative coatings, wallpapering, gilding, and sign writing.

Technically speaking, the painter decorator must have skills in planning and scheduling; have the ability to prepare surfaces thoroughly and carefully; and keep a commitment to working safely and tidily with an attention to detail.

Apprenticeship Training Programme:

DIT deliver the advanced the off the block phases of the apprenticeship at 4 and 6 which involve:

Phase 4: Delivered in DIT (10 weeks)

Course Content: 

  • Signwork
  • Wallcoverings
  • Imitative & Decorative Arts
    Paint Spraying & Equipment

Phase 6: Delivered in DIT(10 weeks)

Course Content:

  • Airless Spraying
  • Signwork
  • Imitative & Decorative Arts
  • Wallcoverings

Personal Qualities

The Bricklayer must have the ability to: 

  • Plan and organise 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Solve problems 
  • Work independently and as part of a team 
  • Show a positive attitude 
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations 

Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness