The title "Painter and Decorator" defines a person who, because of his or her knowledge, training and
abilities, is capable of applying decorative and/or protective finishes to a wide variety of materials in
residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings.
The painter and decorator has skills and experience in surface preparation and the application of a
wide variety of decorative and protective finishes. The painter and decorator must also be able to calculate
areas and relate such calculations to required material. The painter and decorator must have an eye for detail,
an excellent sense of colour, the ability to plan work, and knowledge of many types of finishes, their
properties and their application.
Most painters have a range of experience in residential and commercial work, and many have
experience in the increasingly specialized area of industrial work as well. Many tradespeople in this
profession also have broad experience with, and knowledge of, different types of finishes and processes which
become more or less popular as architectural and other trends come and go.
Painters and decorators are often called upon to perform their jobs in potentially dangerous or difficult
conditions. They work with hazardous materials, as well as some physical discomfort when preparing surfaces
or applying coatings in awkward positions. They work with a variety of ladders, staging and scaffolding.
Painters and decorators must have good physical endurance in order to accomplish tasks that require
continuous exertion, such as sanding, scraping, and repetitive activities such as rolling and brushing. Painters
and decorators must also be aware of customer relations, especially when redecorating existing structures.
Painters and decorators perform their duties in virtually every facet of construction and industry. This
trade is important in the construction and maintenance of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial
sites, in both urban and rural settings.
In some cases, a painter and decorator may work for years on a single site, such as a university
campus, and during that time may be performing similar tasks constantly. At the same time, tradespeople who
work for freelance contractors may rarely work on the same site more than once, and may routinely perform
a tremendous variety of tasks using a wide range of materials and equipment.
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Certificate of Apprenticeship
Red Seal Endorsement (Inter-provincial Standards Examination)
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