Apprenticeship – Painter

Painters prepare and apply paints, organic/inorganic coatings when applied in the same manner as paints. They sand/hydro blast to prepare steel, concrete or wood surfaces, rubber, fiberglass, acid resistant or metalized linings for everything from tanks and pipes to vessels. They also install all wall coverings on building or structured surfaces.

Scroll down or click on the year to see an overview of the technical and skills training you will receive on-the-job as a Painting Apprentice.

Safety trainings and Additional Resources are listed following Year 4. A Foundations Certificate is not required prior to beginning Apprenticeship; prior experience is recommended.

Year 1 > Year 2 > Year 3 > Year 4 > Safety and Additional Trainings > Additional Resources

Year 1 Overview

  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Trade Made
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Systems
  • Colour Match
  • Lining and Graphics Layout
  • Spray Painting

You will also learn about using architectural coating systems, preparing wood, concrete and masonry, plaster, dry wall and miscellaneous surfaces.

Year 2

  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Systems
  • Colour Match
  • Spray Painting
  • Wood Finishing
  • Wall Coverings

You will also learn You will also demonstrate basic mathematical functions including fractions and decimals, Metric and Imperial measurement systems, Estimate quantities, applying and using Wall Covering and wall Covering Tools, Prepare Wood Surfaces for finishing and use wood finishing procedures.

Year 3

  • Combustion
  • Fluid Power, Hydraulics
  • Fluid Power, Pneumatics
  • High Pressure Steam
  • Low Pressure Steam Heating
  • Marine Piping
  • Properties of Gas Supply System
  • Water Supply

You will also demonstrate use wood graining methods, marbleizing, glazing and antiquing methods, apply stripping, texturing and special effects, use stenciling and gilding, flame spray systems and apply wall covering.

Year 4

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Safety Overview
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Confined Space Work
  • Fall Protection
  • Ladder, Scaffolding, Platforms
  • Surface Preparation
  • Lead Base Paint Abatement
  • Industrial Coating
  • Spray Painting Equipment
  • Fiberglass Reinforcing Plastic
  • Flame Spray
  • Environmental Overview

In this year you will also learn about respiratory protection, confined space work, fall protection, ladder, scaffold, platforms, surface preparation, lead-based paint abatement, industrial coating, spray painting equipment, fiberglass reinforcing plastic, flame spray, environmental overview.

Safety and Additional Training Years 1-4 Recertification as required

  • Respiratory Protection
  • Shipbuilding Terminology
  • Confined Space Procedures
  • Fall Arrest
  • Fire watch
  • Forklift
  • Hot Work Permit
  • Lock out
  • Man aloft procedure awareness and lock-out (military procedure)
  • Manlift
  • OFA #
  • Respirator fit test
  • Spill response awareness and procedures
  • Torch Procedures
  • Liquid Tracking
  • QA Forms, apprenticeship final year (not all shipyards)
  • Shop Forms, apprenticeship final year (not all shipyards)
  • SMC Environment Policy
  • Tagging, completing correctly for repair

Additional Resources


Available in your local or college/technical institute library

  • Individual Learning Modules (ILM’s) from your technical training.
  • Measurements and Calculations for the Trades Skillplan

Painter Unions

  • Vancouver: Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union – Local 1
  • Victoria: International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 138

Definitions & Information Links to Red Seal, Industry Training Authority and Accredited Learning Institutions including the Finishing Trades Institute are available on the lower section of the Apprenticeship Programs home page.