Painting & Decorating

If you like working with your hands, a career in painting and decorating could be for you. A diverse and rewarding trade currently in high demand, the job varies from applying paint, wallpaper and finishes to internal and external surfaces, to working in the public and/or commercial sectors.

Our Painting and Decorating courses are designed to prepare you for a career in these trades. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and skills in painting and decorating, ranging from how to apply paint systems by brush/roller to learning how to hang preparatory papers and apply basic decorative techniques. You’ll also learn about how to carry out safe working practices, communication skills, building methods and construction technology.

Did you know?

We’ve hosted high-profile events such as the southern regional heats for the Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year Award.

Earning potential

Entry-level salaries start at £17,000 upwards with average salaries for highly skilled at £32,000 depending on qualifications and location (


  • Excellent practical facilities for professional training and certification
  • Bursaries available for eligible learners
  • Links with employers and industry
  • Progression opportunities into Apprenticeships
  • Opportunities to take part in skills competitions


On completion of Level 2, you can go directly into industry or progress onto Painting & Decorating Level 3.

For more information on Painting & Decorating courses, please click on the links below.

Course Suitable for Categories
Diploma In Painting And Decorating (16-18): Level 1 16-18 (Full-time) City & Guilds
Diploma In Painting And Decorating (16-18): Level 2 16-18 (Full-time) City & Guilds
Diploma In Painting And Decorating (19+): Level 1 Adults City & Guilds
Diploma In Painting And Decorating (19+): Level 2 Adults City & Guilds