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Painting and Decorating

Course Code: DIPD2
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: CSkills Awards
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime

What's it all about?

You’ve already learned the first steps in painting and decorating and you’ve had plenty of practice. Now, this CSkills level 2 diploma in painting and decorating at City College Plymouth can take your career opportunities to the next level. As you’ll soon be working on larger commercial developments or on smaller-scale domestic properties, we aim to introduce you to the planning, organisational and practical skills to complete projects as well as helping you to advance your hands-on technical skills. This course will give you everything you need to start work as a fully qualified painter and decorator.

Course information

The main subjects covered are:

  • storing materials and equipment
  • preparing the work areas
  • applying paint materials by brush and roller
  • spraying water-borne coating using HVLP spraying equipment
  • applying wallcoverings
  • producing decorative effects (marbling, wood graining, stencilling and basic artexing techniques).

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

In order to be accepted on this course, you will need to have achieved a level 1 qualification in painting and decorating (DIPD1) preferably registered by City and Guilds. Other applicants will be considered if they possess a completed qualification in similar wood occupation subjects.
This would be verified and discussed during the interview process.

In our experience in order to be successful on this course you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F) (including English and science)
  • an intermediate GNVQ
  • a BTEC first diploma
  • an NVQ Level 1/technical certificate.

You will be assessed under simulated working conditions by practical projects, knowledge assignments and questions. There is an external end test and health and safety test on completion of all units.

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • an Apprenticeship in the sector
  • employment as a fully qualified painter and decorator to increase your site experience.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers


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