Painter & Decorator

By: Cocolena Fong

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Mixing and thinning paint

  • Repairing cracks in walls, making smooth surface of interior and exterior surfaces and other structures

  • Assisting customers colour choices

  • Need to have good communication skills

  • Need to be able to work in any conditions (Indoors/outdoors, high/ground)

  • Using brushes, rolls, staining, spray and other materials

  • Building and installing scaffolding for high places

  • Applying paint on a variety of surfaces

  • Responsible for your own safety by using safety equipment

  • Can work for long hours outdoors or indoors

Who reports to the position and who does the position reports to?

A Painter and Decorator often reports to a maintenance company or could be self employed. When working for a company, the Painter and Decorator often has a contract with the company. No one reports to the Painter and Decorator as they only report to the company or if you are self employed then it will be yourself. you will need to be able to work with a team of painters and decorators or be able to work by yourself without a team.
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Wages can vary depending on location, company/contract and economic conditions. Below are the different median wages for Painters and Decorators in Canada. For example the Toronto - Ontario wages:

Low wage $14 per hour 2014

Average wage $22 per hour 2014

High wage $32.61 per hour 2014

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Possible Work Locations


While working indoors the Painter and Decorator will have to decorate the area to the customers liking. Meaning, the work that is going to be done is going to be affordable for the customer. The jobs may include:

  • Staining, painting and putting finishing touches to doors, walls, etc.
  • Putting on wall paper, vinyl and also being able to remove them
  • Helping customers achieve the look that they would like such as matching colours
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To work outdoors, the Painter and Decorator would have to depend on the weather. Exterior decorating would be repainting buildings to make them look fresh and well kept. Safety is the number one most important thing in this job, as the Painter and Decorator is responsible for using safe equipment if they need to go to high places. The job may include:

  • Painting the exterior of the building, not painting the roof tiles, etc.
  • Need to paint in high areas like windows by using safety equiptment
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Possible Work Hours

Standard work hours is 40 hours (8 hours per day, 5 days a week)

Overtime, you get more work hours, depends on the construction sector and region you work in. Outdoor hours depends on the weather conditions and may need to stand in the same positions for a long time.

Education and Training

Could be in an apprenticeship, while you can work and get paid while you go and study at high school and get all of the hours required. To apply for the apprenticeship program it may vary in each province across canada. Most require at least a grade 9 education or equivalent to enter the program. Some provinces and territories allow high school students to work towards their career as a Painter and Decorator. Most programs run for 12 month periods that includes 3,900 hours of on the job training, three eight-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam

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Is this a compulsory or voluntary trade?

This is a voluntary trade. If you do get a certificate, it helps you get more jobs and lets many others know that you’re a professional. To become a certified Painter and Decorator, you need to go over approximately three year apprenticeship program. You may need to write the Inter provincial exam to qualify for the Inter provincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Painter and Decorator anywhere in Canada.

Opportunities for Advancement & What Would be Required

To keep their quality of work, they would have to keep up with new technological developments by reading and talking to other Painters and Decorators to advance their techniques and keep up the new trend in order for them to keep getting more customers.

Possible Work Hazards

As a Painter and Decorator have to be comfortable with whatever environment they're in, it also includes high places as well. They’re top priority is their own safety as they need to meet the safety requirements.

Safety Do's and Dont's

Opportunities For Travel

A Painter and Decorator could work in residential, commercial buildings and even industrial structures like bridges and equipment.

Personal Qualaties you should ask yourself

  • Are you comfortable in matching various colours?

  • Are you comfortable in using a verity of hand tools?

  • are you comfortable in working in the same position for hours?

  • Do you have good hand working skills?

  • Are you precise?

  • Do you care if you get covered in paint or stain?

  • Do you care if you need to work in a high area?

  • Are you creative?

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Skills Needed

  • Need to be able to mix paint
  • Use a variety of tools
  • Good communication skills
  • Colour management
  • Being able to put up wallpapers and removing paint and wallpapers off the wall
  • Being able to patch up walls
  • Being able to withstand any environment that you’re working in

Will there be a demand for this trade in the future in Canada?

In the future their will be a high demand in the future for Painters and Decorators as the employment rate is going to go up in the next few years in Canada.

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