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Painting and Decorating

Course Code: DIPD1

Level: 1
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: CSkills
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

If you’re interested in painting and decorating but are not yet employed, then this CSkills Diploma in Painting and Decorating could be the right training course for you. This course at City College Plymouth will enable you to learn all aspects of safety (because you will often be working at height), as well as how to deal with hazardous wastes, the value of surface preparation, and which tools and techniques are most appropriate.

What you'll learn

The main subjects covered are:

  • storing materials and equipment
  • preparing the work area for operations
  • preparing surfaces for decorating
  • applying paint materials by brush and roller
  • applying wallpaper.

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.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


You will be assessed by practical projects, knowledge assignments and questions. The combination of assessment methods will depend on units of study. There is an external end test on completion of all units.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

You could also enter into employment in the industry as a basic labourer to start gaining site experience.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: DIPD1

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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