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Other names for a Painter:

  • Painter and Decorator
  • Painting Contractor
  • Paperhanger
  • Structural Steel Painter


Youtube clip – All about a Painter’s career

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Painter?

A Painter is a person who prepares and paints buildings, walls, ceilings, woodwork, railings, stairwells and banisters etc. 

They work on both residential and a well as commercial projects, both inside and outside of the buildings.

This can be a part-time job or a full-time or an entrepreneurial business enterprise.

Some Painters may take courses to learn special textural painting techniques which may get them specialised work with interior designers and architects who may stipulate a painting technique needed for a particular wall etc. 

The more skills you have, the more likely you will be able to get work.

What does a Painter do?

  • meets with clients or project managers to discuss job at hand
  • determines exactly what type of primer and paint is suitable for each job
  • provides a written quotation
  • purchases the correct quantity of paint in the right colours
  • removes old wallpaper or paint
  • cleans and prepares the surface to be painted
  • masks areas that are not going to be painted
  • lays down ground sheets so that paint does not fall floor/carpet etc
  • applies the paint with a roller, brushes and/or sponges etc
  • makes sure paint does not go on areas that should not be painted
  • cleans up afterwards

Are you … ?

  • interested in construction and the building trade?
  • a person with a steady hand?
  • a person with upper body strength?
  • a person with absolutely no fear of heights?
  • good with colour?
  • a neat and accurate worker?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?
  • reliable?

How do I become a Painter?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Construction Painter – Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Construction (Painter) – NQF 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test

PATH   5

  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Painter without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 



Offers Basic, Intermediate and Advanced training in painting.


Offers courses in Painting & Decorating


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Tiler (Wall & Floor) … or … Fine Artist

Is becoming a Painting the right career choice for me?