Painters apply a diverse range of coatings – not solely paint – to interior and exterior surfaces and structures such as bridges, pipelines, towers, dams, machinery and industrial complexes. Solvents, protective finishes, textures, fire retardants, sealants and sheet coverings are examples of some of the materials applied. Workers in this trade also repair, clean and prepare wood, plaster, stucco, stone, gypsum drywall board, concrete, brick and steel.

Skills include: job task planning and organizing; oral communication; problem solving; an eye for colour and detail; being good with your hands; doing precise work; being comfortable with heights; and creativity.

Although available certification is voluntary in Manitoba, it is highly recommended. Certification helps you get jobs by telling employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional.

To be certified as a Painter, you usually need to complete a three-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

As a certified Painter, you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Painter anywhere in Canada.

To ensure your skills are current as a Painter, you should keep up with new technological developments by reading and speaking with other Painters and Decorators.