Painter and Decorator

Painter and Decorator
Fast Fact:

The most common exterior house color is white.

How Do I Start?

Contact the local building trade office for assistance. We’ll be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. We can also help you contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to register you as an apprentice.

Contacts:
Painter Local 739, Regina
306-565-6184

Painter Local 739, Winnipeg
204-943-2497
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Want a fresh palette?

Covering an old wall surface with fresh paint, wallpaper or cloth gives it new life. If your life needs a facelift, consider a career as a painter or decorator. Being a painter/decorator will allow you to combine your creative flair with your desire to never sit down on the job. End each work day knowing you have made the world more beautiful.

This might be the career for you if you are creative and personable, can work hard (sometimes on a ladder), and are physically fit.

Frequently asked questions:

How long is the training for this trade?
Training for this trade requires a total of 1800 hours of technical training and on-the-job experience each year for 3 years. Technical training is 15% of the 1800 hours; on-the-job training makes up the other 85%. There are 3 levels of technical training:

Level 1: 8 weeks
Level 2: 8 weeks
Level 3: 8 weeks

After you have met all of the requirements for journeyperson certification, you will receive a Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification.

Where can I study for this trade?
Theoretical training for this trade is offered through Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary.   
Is this trade Red Seal certifiable?
Yes, inter-provincial Red Seal Certification is available for this trade.

What if I don’t have my grade 12? Can I still look into this trade?
Yes. The academic requirements for entry into this trade are not related to high school grade level. If you do NOT have grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.
Click here for the Sask Apprenticeship website. Or email Sask Apprenticeship.

I am a new high school graduate. Does this help me?
Yes. Employers do usually prefer workers who have grade 12, and a grade 12 diploma guarantees you have met the academic requirements for entry into this trade.

Why should I apprentice with an organized/unionized tradesperson?
Entry to this trade program requires the partnership of an employer and the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Working with a unionized tradesperson means you will do your required on-the-job training with a skilled, professional employer who will mentor you through your apprenticeship, ensuring you have the highest quality work experience in the safest of working environments.

An added bonus is that being involved with an organized/unionized tradesperson from the start helps you to network as you build your new career.  

You can do it on your own, but why would you? Nothing worthwhile is ever constructed alone.