Painters apply a range of coatings to beautify, identify and protect interior and exterior surfaces and structures from weather, UV, chemicals, abrasion and fire. From housing, hospitals, schools, office towers and retail stores to bridges, tanks, pipelines, structural steel and hydro generation, a Red Seal painter does it all.

You are detail oriented.

You are creative.

You are comfortable working at heights.


  • Repair, clean and prepare wood, plaster, stucco, stone, concrete, steel & other materials.
  • Apply paint and other materials using brushes, rollers or spray equipment.
  • Read specifications and calculate the area to be painted and the amount of paint needed.
  • Select, mix and thin paints and stains to produce the desired colour and appearance.
  • Prepare surfaces by scraping, wire brushing or sanding to a smooth finish.
  • Put up scaffolding and set up ladders.
  • Provide cost estimates and requisition or order materials, equipment and supplies.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy.
  • Strong problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Creativity and an eye for detail.
  • Physical strength and balance.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. Approval for a self paced apprenticeship program may be available.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $29-$44

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Humans have been painting for 30,000 years! Today, painter/decorators may collaborate with interior designers and architects as part of their work.