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Qualification Overview 

This qualification is vocationally based and as such, offers the opportunity for learners to demonstrate an achievement of practical skills, understanding and knowledge in the workplace. Learners will gain knowledge on generic skills such as health and safety, moving and handling and working productively. In addition learners will demonstrate their ability in erecting and dismantling access/working platforms, preparing surfaces and applying paint systems with brush and/roller. Learners will complete at least one optional component from operating equipment in support of the paint sprayer, or abrasive blast cleaner, applying coats with airless spray and preparing surfaces by abrasive blast cleaning. There are a number of additional components attached to this qualification that do not could towards the qualification but cover specialised activities that could support the learner in demonstrating job ready skills.


This qualification has been developed with reference to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and completion of the qualification will provide learners with evidence of their occupational competence and could enable them to progress onto additional training at this level such as the NOCN Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing – Painting and Decorating.


Painting & Decorating Tutor
Andy Vandyke

Topics Covered In This Qualification

  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 16 and over and as a NVQ they must be employed in an appropriate role to be able to generate evidence of competence and simulation is not allowed. Colleges/training providers must ensure that all learners have the ability and attributes to achieve the qualification given access to the appropriate facilities, resources, training and support within a college/training provider and workplace setting. This could include a relevant level of literacy and numeracy.


Achievement of this qualification confirms the learner has gained the knowledge and skills required to:


  • gain employment as a painter and decorator

  • The qualification can lead to progression onto a Level 3 qualification in workplace supervision or a foundation degree in Construction Project Management supporting progression into supervisory and management roles.

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