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Painter and decorator, self-employed painting contractor, business owner, paint manufacturing, interior design consultant, paint retail store manager, specialised coatings applicator
What painters and decorators do
Painters and decorators have to know how to prepare surfaces, what products to use, and how to apply the finishes. They also provide advice on colour selection and interior design.
This is an industry that is constantly evolving, with new paint products and techniques being released all the time.
Painting and decorating qualifications
The BCITO manages painting and decorating apprenticeships. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4.
You’ll work under an experienced painter and decorator who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor. Painting and decorating qualifications require you to attend off-job training for assessment of your learning.
There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.
Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career
Painting and decorating isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.