What does a Painter/Decorator (404C) do?

A Residential & Commercial Painter/Decorator (404C) applies decorative and protective finishes to various surfaces in residential and commercial settings. An Industrial Painter/Decorator (404D) works in commercial and industrial settings to prepare a variety of surfaces prior to applying protective finishes, including paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, and specialty finishes.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Measuring surfaces and reviewing work orders to estimate quantity of materials needed
  • Cleaning surfaces using solvents, heat, sanding, wire brushing water or sand blasting; preparing surfaces by filling nail holes and cracks and sanding rough spots
  • Using brushes, rollers, or spray guns to apply coatings and finishes to various surfaces
  • Safely assembling scaffolding and other access equipment, when required
  • Communicating effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors
  • Working independently or as part of a team, or supervising the work of others
  • Keeping up with trends and learning new techniques in painting and decorating

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required; credits in math and English recommended
  • Completion of 6,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Branch 1 (commercial and residential) is a Red Seal trade

What's Your Future as a Painter/Decorator (404C)?

  • Some employed by companies but many self-employed
  • Indoor and outdoor work, often with long summer hours
  • Physically demanding (standing on ladder with arms over head)
  • Risks include falling and chemical exposure

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $22.50 per hour.


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