Painters and decorators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required
B. Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls; and sandpaper and apply sealer
C. Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
D. Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
E. Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
F. Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages
G. Advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
1. Construction - 80.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
3. Specialized design services - 2.0%
4. Retail trade - 2.0%
5. Educational services - 2.0%
6. Health care and social assistance - 2.0%
7. Public administration - 1.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or Over three years of work experience in the trade is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
4. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified painters and decorators.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
2. Industrial Arts
3. Business English
The average hourly wages for Painters and Decorators is $15.58/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.