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How to Work as a Painting Contractor

In Australia, there is a demand for painters as the construction industry continues to grow. This means plenty of opportunities for those looking to enter the profession. However, it is important to note that becoming a successful painting contractor requires more than just being able to paint well. Several other skills and qualities are necessary to be successful in this field.

If you are thinking of becoming a painting contractor, then this article is for you. Let’s take a look at what it takes to be part of the painting and decorating industry in Australia. 


What Does a Painting Contractor Do?

A painting contractor is responsible for overseeing the painting of residential and commercial buildings. They work with a variety of clients, including property managers, developers and homeowners. 

In addition to managing projects, painting contractors must also ensure that their employees are following safety protocols and that the quality of their work meets the client’s expectations. A typical day for a painting contractor may include meeting with clients to discuss their needs, visiting job sites to inspect progress and ordering supplies. 

The Skills You Need to Succeed as a Painting Contractor

As a painter and decorator, you need the following skills:

  • Eye for detail 
  • Prep skills
  • Customer service skills –  to figure out what they want and need 
  • Business skills –  to estimate job costs, manage customers and employees and market your business. 


Working as a Painting Contractor: The Basics

Here are the basic steps you need to equip yourself with if you wish to become a painting contractor.


Get Proper Licences and Insurance

The proper licences and insurance will vary from state to state, so be sure to check with your local licensing board. Once you have the proper licences, you will need to purchase liability insurance. This will protect you as a painter if someone gets injured whilst working on a property.


Purchase High-Quality Supplies

Next, you will need to invest in some quality painting supplies. Good paint brushes, drop cloths and ladders are a must. You should also consider investing in a pressure washer. This will make it much easier to clean up after a job.


Start Promoting

Once you have everything you need, you can start marketing your painting services. Start by creating some flyers and business cards. Then, distribute them to local businesses and homeowners. You can also post them in public places, such as community centres and libraries.


Quality Workmanship

Always give your best effort when working on a job. This will ensure that you get repeat business from satisfied customers. It will also help you build a good reputation within the community.


Becoming a Painting Contractor: Education and Training

To become a painting contractor in Australia, you need to know the trade and have some experience in painting. There are many ways to gain the necessary skills, including taking classes at a trade school or community college, working as an apprentice or learning on the job.

Here are two basic training you need to complete: 


Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This certificate will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to perform all aspects of the job, from preparing surfaces to applying finishes. Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll be able to work as a self-employed contractor or start your own painting business.

White Card

The White Card is a compulsory certification for all workers in the Australian construction industry. The card proves that the holder has completed the General Induction Training program and is therefore allowed to work on construction sites. The induction training covers many topics, including health and safety, first aid and fire safety.

Becoming a certified painter can help you stand out from the competition and show potential customers that you are a professional with the necessary skills and qualifications. 


The Salary of a Painting Contractor

According to the latest data, the average salary for a painting contractor in Australia for the year 2022 is $70,000 per year. This figure will vary depending on your experience, qualifications and location. For example, a painter in Sydney tends to earn more than those in other parts of the country.


Job Outlook for Painters and Decorators in Australia

The job outlook for painters and decorators in Australia is positive, with the industry expected to grow by around 4% over the next five years. This growth is due to many factors, including an increase in population and a rise in residential and commercial construction activity. As a result, there will be strong demand for qualified painters to work on new building projects.

If you’re thinking of becoming a painting contractor, now is a great time to start your training.  

Master Painters Australia: Helping Painters and Decorators in NSW

Are you a new painter in the industry?

Master Painters Australia is the peak industry body for contractors in NSW. We provide advice, support and training. Plus, we have a range of services to meet the needs of contractors across all sectors of the painting and decorating industry.

Becoming a member of Master Painters Australia will give you access to our wealth of knowledge and resources. These can help you grow your business faster and more effectively. Join us today.