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Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two year

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About the course

Would you like to get a new job as a painter or decorator? The painting and decorating Apprenticeships at City College Plymouth could be an amazing starting point to get you into a job and starting your training at the same time! These two Apprenticeships are available at advanced and intermediate level, and incorporate a suite of qualifications including an NVQ in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations at either level 2 (intermediate) or level 3 (advanced). Intermediate Apprenticeship: if you are creative and prefer hands-on learning to being academic, this career route could be just what you need.  Whether you’re interested in painting or wallpapering your bedroom weird and wacky colours, a talent for graffiti art or wanting to learn how to do DIY decorating properly, an Apprenticeship could be your first step on a path to a career in painting and decorating! You’ll need to have an eye for detail, good hand-eye coordination and at times be able to follow technical drawings and plans. There’s a lot of hard work involved and you’ll need to be prepared to get messy, but if that doesn’t put you off, then your future is whatever you make it! Advanced Apprenticeship: this is ideal for those already qualified to level 2, who are used to re-decorating houses or applying heavy-duty finishes to huge structures. You will already have had plenty of practice painting and decorating experience. You might soon be employed on big commercial developments or on small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration, so we will delve into the planning and organisational side in more detail. You will become confident using more complex, decorative and specialist finishes too.

What you'll learn

Intermediate Apprenticeship
You will need to achieve a set number of credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have proven your abilities in a range of vocational skills.You will also be required to complete Functional Skills Level 1 in maths and English, Employment Responsibilities and Rights plus Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.Advanced Apprenticeship
The course content will include:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations
  • Functional Skills: maths level 2 and English level 2
  • technical certificate: Diploma Level 3
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights (ERR) programme.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried out by the painting and decorating team at the College.


There will be a range of assessments that take place both on and off the job. There are some exams on the advanced Apprenticeship, but these will only take place when your tutor believes you’re ready.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.