As a painter, you apply paints, varnish and stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers and sprays for a clean and professional application. You may also hang wallpapers, matching patterns and trimming edges. 


Work is indoors or outdoors at residential and commercial buildings. You may get to work with customers on colour selection and styles. Weekend work is common. 




  • outdoor & Indoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • constructing scaffolding and ladders and placing drop sheets to prevent paint splatter
  • removing old paint and wallpaper, fixing woodwork, filling holes and cracks, and sealing surfaces
  • mixing paints to required colours
  • cleaning equipment and work areas
  • repairing windows and replacing glass in wooden and metal frames
  • laying and repairing wall and floor tiles
  • applying paint and decorative paint finishes

It helps to be good at:

  • physical tasks 
  • attention to detail
  • customer service 
  • working at heights

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Painting & Decorating 
  • Apprenticeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Home improvement 

Related Roles

  • Plasterer

  • Interior Decorator 

  • Tiler


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