Painter and Decorator Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Painter & Decorator Do?

Painters apply paint, stain, varnish and other finishes to buildings and other structures.  They select the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered, taking into account durability, ease of handling, method of application and customer's wishes. Painters first prepare the surfaces to be covered, so that the paint will adhere properly. This may require removing the old coat of paint by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, scraping, or water and abrasive blasting.  Painters also wash walls and trim to remove dirt and grease, fill nail holes and cracks, sandpaper rough spots and brush off dust. On new surfaces, they apply a primer or sealer to prepare the surface for the finish coat. Painters also mix paints and match colors, relying on knowledge of paint composition and color harmony. They also cover walls and ceilings with decorative wall coverings made of paper, vinyl or fabric.

Tasks:

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What Are the Working Conditions?

Painters and paperhangers stand for prolonged periods. Their jobs also require a considerable amount of climbing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching with arms raised overhead often on scaffolding, ladders, and working at heights. Painters often work outdoors but seldom in wet, cold or inclement weather. Painters wear masks to reduce exposure to hazardous materials or paint fumes when working in areas with poor ventilation. Much of the work is done alone requiring independent thinking, safety awareness and ability to communicate with the customer. Special equipment is often used; such as equipment for welding, for use while scaffolding, on booms and lifts.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding
Ben Stahlecker
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Martin
Sandy Destree 
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce
Milwaukee Area Painting & Decorating JAC P.O. Box 510308
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: (262) 657-1287
Hafeezah Ahmad

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Mary Harrington
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Painting and Decorating trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/painters-construction-and-maintenance.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook