Painting & Decorating Level 2

What will I study? 

Apprentices work and train in a vibrant and exciting industry.  They combine college learning with on-site experience to ensure the right balance of technical skills and practical experience. Employers and apprentices both benefit from the mix of training and real construction-site experience.

The Apprenticeship framework is made up of several parts:

  1. NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating
  2. Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication (at Level 1)
  3. Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities Workbook (ERR)
  4. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Delivery Method

An assessor will work with the apprentice on a one-to-one basis and/or group basis. Apprentices will be visited each month at work and will also be able to contact the assessor between visits.

Course Structure 

  • The (NVQ) National Vocational Qualification is aimed at developing safe and skilled practices preparing apprentices for work within the construction industry in their chosen trade/field
  • This qualification requires the apprentice to supply relevant, suitable work-based evidence
  • All apprentices will have to complete external tests where relevant
  • Where relevant apprentices will have to study and be assessed through exams

On-site training (in the workplace)

  • The learner’s employer will provide on-site training in the chosen trade
  • The learner will be expected to provide evidence of work and relevant activities that have been carried out to a standard required by Industry
  • The learner will be allocated a College contact that will complete on-site reviews  at regular intervals

Off-site (in Hugh Baird College)

  • Practical training and assessment
  • Theory up to Diploma Level 2
  • Store resources ready for use
  • Erect and dismantle working platforms
  • Contribute to efficient working practices
  • Provide temporary protection to work areas
  • Prepare surfaces for the application of decorative/protective finishes
  • Apply paint systems by brush and roller plus painter and decorator route
  • Apply wall coverings to non-complex locations
  • Produce decorative specialist paint finishes – basic
  • Site diary/review

What are the entry requirements?

Apprentices must be working in the painting and decorating industry and be able to demonstrate basic levels of literacy and numeracy.

  • An interview is required
  • Learners must provide the College with an excellent reference from their employer to underline and validate attendance, punctuality and attitude to work
  • Learners must provide proof of working in paid employment in the construction industry
  • Learners must provide evidence of completing a full range of practical work on-site as identified by the College Assessor
  • Learners must be in good health to enable all units to be completed e.g. scaffolding which requires you to work at height
  • At times learners may be expected to work away from home


Up to 24 months, part-time However, this can be a shorter period depending upon experience and qualifications e.g. NVQ Level 1 Diploma.


Please contact the Workforce Development Team for further details. Some courses are fully or partially funded, depending upon individual circumstances.
Last modified on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:31


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