Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) (NOC 7294)

Job titles

  • apprentice industrial painter and decorator
  • apprentice painter and decorator
  • bridge painter
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Nature of work

Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Counseling, helping others
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Painters and decorators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required
  • - 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
  • - Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
  • - Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • - Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • - Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages
  • - May advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
  • - May provide cost estimates to clients.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * 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.
  • * Trade certification for painters and decorators is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified painters and decorators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Association des maîtres peintres du Québec (AMPQ)
  • 8615, rue Lafrenaie
  • Montréal, QC
  • H1P2B6
  • Phone: 514-324-0968
  • Fax: 514-324-2807