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Painters prepare and paint interior and exterior surfaces on residential and commercial properties. Most painters learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship. *Painting is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships.   

Career Details


Students in Painting are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Finishing and protecting drywall
  • Removing old paint to prepare surfaces prior to painting
  • Mixing colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency
  • Learning proper techniques to use brushes, rollers, and spray guns
  • Properly covering and protecting surfaces prior to painting
  • Creating and maintaining safe painting environments, including the proper use of ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and fall protection
  • Setting up, operating, and tending machines to coat or paint a wide variety of products
  • Painting walls, equipment, buildings, and other structural surfaces

Career Options

Most Painting graduates go to work as painters in the public and private sectors. Painters spend most of the workday on their feet and must have the physical strength and endurance to complete their tasks. Painters work with their hands and enjoy a team atmosphere when completing large jobs. Painters complete jobs on location, so it is common to travel quite a bit within the local area.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Painting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Physical endurance
Steady hands and fingers

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