Course Summary
This apprenticeship is federal/state registered
Credit Type:
Occupation Title:
Type of Apprenticeship Program:
Estimated length of On the Job Training (OJT):
800-1000 hours
Estimated length of Related Training Instruction (RTI):
40 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 6 Surface Preparation and Cleaning with Lab

Occupation Description:

Painter-decorators (also known as Painter-Commercial, Painter Construction) apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes.

Program Description:

The 3-year Painter-Decorator apprenticeship program outlines a hybrid approach of on-the-job learning (OJL) and related classroom instruction. Apprentices successfully completing this program apply their skills and abilities as Painter-decoratorsin residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial settings.Painter-decorators are employed by construction companies, painting contractors, building maintenance contractors, or are self-employed. They work on projects such as home interiors and exteriors, residential high rises, wall covering work, industrial tanks and plants, bridges, airports, institutions, marine and offshore projects, and other commercial and industrial projects.

Program Objective:

The objective of this course is to prepare students for a career as a Painter Decorator.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify selected substrates and surfaces and suitable methods of surface prep
  • Recognize and identify industry standard surface prep methods and specifications.
  • Identify the ramifications of improper surface prep
  • Recognize and describe the various categories and uses of lowpressure water washing equipment.
  • Recognize the different types of joints and substrates
  • Explain the implications of using chemical strippers, and solvents as related to VOC’s and health hazards.
  • Identify the classifications and uses of chemicals as related to surface prep operations.
  • Describe substrate preparation tools and materials.
  • Identify materials used in drywall finishing and state the purpose and use of each of the following materials: Compounds Joint reinforcing tapes, Trim materials, Textures and Coatings
  • Explain the differences in the six levels of finishing established by industry standards.
  • Identify the hand tools used in Drywall Finishing.
  • Identify taping and bedding materials.
  • Describe some of the problems and causes that occur in drywall finishes.
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Practicum

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
Supplemental Materials