painter and decorator

painter and decorator

Job Description

Painters and decorators apply paints, varnishes and stains to many different surfaces, including metals, plastics and wood.

Painters can work in a wide variety of locations due to this flexibility, including roads, buildings, airplanes and vehicles.


Required NVQ

Red CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Green CSCS Card

NVQ Level 1

Blue CSCS Card

NVQ Level 2

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you are physically fit, able to work to deadlines and have a creative flair.

Average Salary

£13,000 - £22,000

Required Skills

  • Hardworking and efficient
  • A sharp eye for detail
  • Can work alone or as part of a team
  • Respect for your area of work and cleanliness
  • Reliability and good health and safety knowledge

Working Hours


A painter and decorator can expect to work a normal 40 hour week, although this will vary with each job, depending on whether you are working in a person’s home or for a construction firm, or if you are self-employed.

Qualification Pathways

Level 2 NVQ

Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Decorative Finishing - Painting and Decorating (Construction)

Level 3 Construction Diploma

Painting and Decorating training qualification

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision

Career Progression

painter and decorator

Specialist areas (Restoration/Industrial painting)

Independent business/Contract management


Restoration painting

Perform conservation work on valuable old paintings, frescos, murals and furniture.

Industrial painting

Protect the external surfaces of large structures or buildings against damage by fire, rain, wind, and other severe weather.


Work as a contractor - you are the boss. Learn to schedule your work flow each week with effective administration.

Contract Management

Source and price jobs, win contracts, then manage a team. Will require proven background in the painting and decorating sector.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles


Knee pads


Odour masks

Required Tools

Paint brushes

Should almost go without saying - but you will make your life a lot easier with a complete brush set ensuring you are ready for any job.

Rollers and Trays

Ideal for general decorating work and available in a variety of sizes, paint rollers are excellent for providing an even painted finish across a wide area.

Knives and Scrapers

Painters knives and scrapers are essential for quickly removing paint from a solid surface via scraping or abrasion. Again, it is useful to buy a set for different types of job.

Dust sheets and Protectors

This vital set of painting and decorating materials will ensure liquid and spillages can not got onto protected surfaces.


Be sure to carefully choose the right type of paint for the job in hand, whether it is emulsion, gloss, floor or decorative trim.


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