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Level 2 Painting & Decorating Technical Certificate

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Course Description

This course is for learners interested in a career in the painting and decorating industry including decorative techniques specialist, graining and marbling and paper hanging.

Our qualifications are aimed at people wishing to become experts in their chosen trade.

Learners will be taught in state of the art bespoke workshops and classrooms by industry experienced tutors. Students will have the opportunity to work with real life clients through projects; past examples include painting and decorating work for charities and children’s homes.


City & Guilds Certificate in Painting & Decorating - Level 2

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and Maths, or the Level 1 in Painting and Decorating.

Applicants with 1-5 year relevant industry experience will also be considered.


The Level 2 qualification provides an overview of the area of painting and decorating, covering basics through a mixture of practical work and classroom work.

Learners attend practical workshop lessons and theory classroom lessons, this course is split 60/40 practical and theory.

The practical work develops the hands-on skills needed for the trade; classroom work develops the knowledge needed to succeed in the trade.

A basic level of Maths is embedded into the course as it is needed to succeed in this trade.

Topics on this course include:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller to complex surfaces
  • Applying papers to walls and ceilings
  • Producing specialist finishes for decorative work
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
  • Creating and applying colour

Students will also attend tutorial sessions on a weekly basis where topics to develop employability skills will be covered.

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required for this course however there is a strong practical element and there will likely be opportunities to carry out work experience within this course.


Level 3 Painting & Decorating, courses in other building trades or an apprenticeship.

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