Discover the vocational and technical careers with the best job opportunities in Québec

Painters and Decorators

Other titles : building painter, painter and paperhanger, painter-decorator, paperhanger


Description :

Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors, building maintenance contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties :

  • read specifications to determine quantities of materials required;
  • prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sand-blasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls; and sandpaper and apply sealer;
  • mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture;
  • apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment;
  • measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls;
  • assemble and erect scaffolding and swing gates;
  • advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings;
  • may provide cost estimates to clients.
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue


Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)


Commercial and Residential Painting

Program Length : 1 year

Program Objectives

The Commercial and Residential Painting program aims to train painters. Painters apply finishes to protect and decorate surfaces in residential buildings, commercial buildings, institutional and industrial buildings and construction sites. They prepare different surfaces (wood, masonry, plaster, chalky and synthetic surfaces, cement, metal) before applying materials such as paint, high performance coverings, waterproof materials, flame retardant materials, varnish, lacquer, wall coverings and special finishes.

Preparing and finishing work is determined by the nature and quality of the surface, as well as the finish desired.

Painters work in construction companies, as entrepreneurs, building maintenance, or are independant contractors. They work on large scale projects (such as large apartment buildings), inside and outside homes, wall coverings, industrial settings, bridges, airports, buildings, boat projects, mining sites and other commercial or industrial projects. Some painters practice their trade for several years on the same site, while others may work for contractors that rarely work more than once with the same client.

Educational organizations offering the program