Painting and Decorating

What does a painter and decorator do?

A painter and decorator will prepare surfaces before applying paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

They may also apply decorative coatings to surfaces, such as:

  • Lettering
  • Marbling
  • Graining
  • Stencils
  • Gold leaf 
  • Textural finishes

A painter and decorator may match colours between old and new coverings and repair or make alterations to an existing wall covering. 

A painter and decorator may work indoors or outdoors, alone or with a team of tradespeople.

Course Code: Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30611

What does a painter and decorator do?

A painter and decorator will prepare surfaces before applying paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

They may also apply decorative coatings to surfaces, such as:

  • Lettering
  • Marbling
  • Graining
  • Stencils
  • Gold leaf 
  • Textural finishes

A painter and decorator may match colours between old and new coverings and repair or make alterations to an existing wall covering. 

A painter and decorator may work indoors or outdoors, alone or with a team of tradespeople.

Course Code: Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30611

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What are the weekly wages?


First Stage
$518.32*


Second Stage
$605.34*


Third Stage
$692.36*


Fourth Stage
$822.70*


Painting and Decorator
$909.82*

*Correct as per Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010 as at 1 July 2019.
The weekly rates of pay have been calculated to include the tool, industry and special allowances based on a Junior Apprentice who has completed Year 12.

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