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Painting Apprenticeship

Painting Apprenticeships have been transformed by technological advancements and is widely referred to as the surface coating industry.

The primary role of painters is to meticulously prepare surfaces for painting and then paint using a number of different techniques to deliver a variety of finishes.

As a painting apprentice your on-the-job training will cover all the techniques required specific to the operations of your host employer. You might specialise in the painting of large exterior buildings or the painting and decorating of interior walls in private dwellings. 

How Long is a Painting Apprenticeship?

A Painting Apprenticeship requires 3-4 years of training. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification, CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

Painting Apprenticeship

What is a Painter

A painter is a skilled professional who specialises in applying paint and other finishes to surfaces. Their primary job is to enhance the appearance of buildings, structures, or objects through the use of paint, varnish, or other types of coatings.

Painters work on a wide range of projects, including residential homes, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and even artistic or decorative projects.

As a Painter Apprentice, your day to day tasks could include:

  • Estimating the costs of a job based on the condition of the site, the scale of the area to be painted and the materials required
  • Removing old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, heat guns, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate
  • Carefully preparing the area to be painted by concealing imperfections with the use of fillers and putty
  • Spraying paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment for undercoats or to deliver a particular finish
  • Applying decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering, gold leaf and texture finishes
  • Washing all equipment and clean works areas according to environmental and safety standards

Painting Apprentice Skill Requirements

A painting apprentice needs to have a good eye for detail, as precision and neatness are crucial for producing high-quality results. Other skills and aptitude include:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • No skin allergies

Find a Painting Apprenticeship

Current apprenticeships in painting and other construction trades can be found on the MIGAS Jobs Board.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.