The painting trade has been transformed by technological advancements and is now 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. There are also opportunities in the Automotive and Mechanical trades painting and re-finishing vehicles.

This trade requires a four-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout the duration of your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.

A day on the job in Painting

Estimate the costs of a job based on the condition of the site, the scale of the area to be painted and the materials required
Remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, heat guns, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate
Carefully prepare the area to be painted by concealing imperfections with the use of fillers and putty
Spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment for under coats or to deliver a particular finish
Apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering, gold leaf and texture finishes
Wash all equipment and clean works areas according to environmental and safety standards
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Skill Requirements for success in Painting Apprenticeships

  • Practical and manual work
  • Problem solving skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • No skin allergies


  • Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
  • Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application

Available Apprenticeships

Rigging Traineeship

Rocklea, QLD | JOB ID 4901

Build your construction career through undertaking this entry-level Traineeship. Work with a reputable company to become a skilled Rigger.

Rigging Traineeship

Goondiwindi, QLD | JOB ID 4898

Build your career in the construction industry. Work with a reputable company to become a skilled Rigger through this entry-level Traineeship.

Joinery Apprenticeship

Ourimbah, NSW | JOB ID 4930

Complete your Cert III in Joinery with an industry leader while earning on the job!

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