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Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting. Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 
In addition, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you need a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade D (grade 3+) or above including English and Maths. You must have completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) prior to starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).


The Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) takes two years to complete.
The Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) takes one year to complete.

Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time.

Why Painting and Decorating?

A Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship will teach you how to prepare surfaces, match colours, apply coatings and wallpaper and work with a variety of materials like gloss and Artex. You will also learn specialist techniques like marbling and rag-rolling to create decorative effects and spraying.

What will I study?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting

Work based units:
Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace
Preparing surfaces for painting/decorating in the workplace
Applying paint systems by brush and roller in the workplace

College based units include:
Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
Prepare surfaces for decoration
Apply paint systems by brush and roller
Apply standard papers to ceilings and walls
Produce specialist decorative finishes
Apply paint systems by HVLP spray

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting

Work based units:
Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
Hanging wall coverings to complex surfaces in the workplace

College based units include:
Prepare surfaces for protection and decoration
Apply coatings by brush and roller
Apply wall coverings to ceilings and walls
Produce specialist decorative finishes
Apply paint systems by airless spray

Additional study

Functional Skills in Maths and English 
Employee Rights & Responsibilities

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

Many students progress from the Apprenticeship to the Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York College Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368
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