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How to Begin Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating in Australia

If you’re looking for a career in the painting and decorating industry, becoming an apprentice is one of the perfect ways to get started.

As an apprentice in painting and decorating, the responsibilities that will be instilled in you would be the following: preserving, maintaining and decorating the surfaces of buildings and other structures, and developing meaningful connections with your co-workers in the painting industry. On the other hand, you will also learn the fundamentals of applying and using quality paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes.

Whilst pursuing a nationally recognised credential, a decorating and painting apprenticeship will give you the chance to gain practical experience in this fascinating industry.

In this blog post, we will discuss the qualifications needed to become an apprentice painter and decorator in Australia and the steps you need to take to start your apprenticeship. We will also provide some information about the apprenticeship duration and what you can expect from your training.

So, if you’re interested in becoming a painter and decorator, keep reading!

Specialisations of a Painter and Decorator

Painter and decorator specialise in the following:

  • Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other treatments to the interior and exterior surfaces of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. 
  • As a painter and decorator, your targets are to preserve, maintain and decorate.
  • Painters and decorators may specialise in a certain area of work, such as home interior or exterior painting. They might also specialise exclusively in restoration projects.

What Qualifications Do You Need for Painting and Decorating?

Here are a few qualifications that you’ll need to become an apprentice painter and decorator in Australia:

  • You must have completed year 12 or equivalent. Remember that entry requirements can differ, but most employers need you to have finished year 10.
  • Secondly, you’ll need to pass a National Police Check and Working with Children Check.
  • Finally, you must have your own painting equipment and be able to provide your own transport to and from work sites.


If you meet these requirements, you’re eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in painting and decorating.

How Do You Become an Apprentice Artist?

Find a registered training organisation (RTO) that offers painting and decorating courses. Once you’ve found an RTO that delivers the type of training you’re looking for, the next step is to apply for an apprenticeship with them. You can do this by contacting the RTO directly or by searching for painting and decorating apprenticeships on Labour Market Insights, a job outlook site prepared by the National Skills Commission of the Australian government.

When you’ve found an apprenticeship that interests you, the next step is to apply for it. This usually involves completing an online application form and attaching your resume.

In some cases, you may also be asked to attend an interview or complete a written test. Once you’ve applied for an apprenticeship, the RTO will assess your application and decide whether or not to offer you a place in their program.

If you’re successful in securing an apprenticeship, you’re one step closer to beginning your career as a painter and decorator

The next step is to sign a training contract with your RTO. This contract outlines your rights and responsibilities as an apprentice, as well as the terms of your training. Once you’ve signed your training contract, you’re ready to start your painting and decorating apprenticeship.

How Long Is a Painting Apprenticeship in Australia?

A painting and decorating apprenticeship usually takes three (3) to four (4) years to complete. However, the length of your apprenticeship will depend on the type of qualification you’re pursuing, as well as the state or territory in which you’re training. For example, if you’re completing a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating in Victoria, your apprenticeship will last for three years. However, if you’re completing a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating in New South Wales, your apprenticeship will last for four years.

No matter which state or territory you’re training in, you can be sure that you’ll receive the highest quality of painting and decorating training that will set you up for a successful career in the industry.

Master Painters Australia: Helping Painters and Decorators in NSW

Master Painters Australia is a RTO in NSW. As an industry-based training organisation, we deliver the highest quality of training and assessments to members, affiliated industry providers, tradesmen and the general public within the painting and decorating industry. 

We train apprentices in Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. With this, we deeply understand the capabilities that are necessary to maintain and improve a professional level in the painting and decorating sector, which is why Master Painter Australia was established by painters for painters.

Get in touch with us today. For enquiries, call us at (02) 9758 8877.