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Decorative Finishing (Painting and Decorating) Apprenticeship

Awarding Body:


Further Education

Programme Length:

1-2 years

Bilingual Delivery:

This course can be studied in English only at present

Programme Description

This pathway provides a nationally agreed Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting apprenticeship framework for a work based learning route into employment within the construction industry, using qualifications that combine both practical skills and knowledge.

Learners completing a Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting apprenticeship will undertake work in areas such as:

Wallpaper hanging, Airless spraying and applying paint by brush to complex surfaces

Programme Features

As an apprentice you will be allocated a training advisor who will oversee and support you through your journey on this framework, working closely both with your employer and tutors at college.

You will be expected to attend college one day/week for underpinning knowledge, and assessment will also take place in college or workplace on a regular basis. This course is both theory and practical based.


The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting occupations includes:

  • Health and Safety in the construction industry
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms in the workplace
  • Applying coats by the airless spray method in the workplace
  • Hanging standard wallpaper coverings in the workplace

Progression and Employment

Progression from this framework would be onto a level 4 higher apprenticeship in a construction related discipline or HNC in Construction Management and Technology.

Programme Content

This pathway will develop your skills for employment as a qualified L3 Painter and Decorator.

Upon successful completion of this programme, Apprentices will achieve the following -


Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting

Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating

Essential Skills Qualification in Communication and Application of Number at level 2

Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Method of Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used which include written knowledge questions, online and practical skills tests.

Units are assessed by an NVQ portfolio and/or practically in the work place through the observation of working practices. Written and on line tests for the theory knowledge of NVQ and diploma qualifications will also be undertaken within the college.

Entry Requirements

Although there are no formal entry requirements, students will need to have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills.  Applicants should have an interest in the chosen craft and evidence of practical ability would be an advantage. In addition apprentices;

  • Must be employed status
  • Must be over 16 years of age
  • Attend a formal interview. You may be required to undertake a practical skills test as part of the interview process.
  • Undertake a diagnostic test on literacy and numeracy skills.
Academic Year Delivery Campus Course Length Course Options
2018 - 2019 Full Time Ammanford Campus 2 Years Enquire Apply
Campus Address Post Code
Ammanford Campus Dyffryn Road,
SA18 3TA
Gelli Aûr Campus Gelli Aûr,
SA32 8NJ
Graig Campus Sandy Road,
SA14 4DN
Pibwrlwyd Campus Pibwrlwyd,
SA31 2NH
Jobswell Campus Jobs Well Road,
SA31 3HY