Level 2 Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: P260805

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    North Harbour Campus

  • Start Date:


  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Attendance:


This Level 2 Intermediate Painter and Decorator Apprenticeship Standard will be flexible and hands-on. As well as varied technical abilities, apprentices will develop the functional and personal skills required for the job.

Units include:

  • the purpose of a range of equipment, tools, and materials
  • selecting, using, maintaining and storing paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders and towers
  • using different application methods - brush, roller, spray, power-assisted rollers, and special effect tools
  • identifying hazards and risks in the workplace ensuring a safe environment is maintained
  • working at height including the safe use of platforms, steps, ladders, and scaffolding
  • appropriate listening, questioning, scheduling and costs
  • modern and traditional construction methods
  • common problems, how these can be prevented and how to correct them.

Working internally or externally you will work individually and/or as part of a team applying waterborne and/or solvent-based paint coatings and wall coverings. You will have good knowledge of paint coatings and wall coverings, understanding and complying with statutory safety and environmental requirements. You will be responsible for your own work, achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace, solving problems and interacting effectively with colleagues, clients, and associated trades.

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you will need both maths and English at grade 2 or above, or Functional Skills Level 1. If necessary, these can be studied at College alongside your apprenticeship.

You will build a portfolio of work and workplace assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange onsite visits to observe your ability and skills in your daily role. It is important for the you to take ownership of your own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with your employer. Learning in College will be delivered through a mixture of classes, work-related activities and independent study and research.

Your final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessments in the endpoint assessment:

  • online knowledge-based tests.
  • skills test (knowledge and behaviours are observed in the workplace)
  • professional discussion (to demonstrate that you can apply the broad range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours in the Standard).

College attendance is one day a week. Your assessor will liaise with you to set up mutually convenient times for consultation and assessment visits at your place of work. It is a government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards your off-the-job learning. Off-the-job learning can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).

You could move on to a higher-level full-time course or start full-time employment within the painting and decorating industry.

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