People in these occupations:
2020 Job Bank Wage data
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2020 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2020 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 2,990
Painters and decorators:
Painters and decorators typically work a standard 40-hour week, with the majority working in the Construction industry. Since work is often project-based, these workers may experience gaps in between projects.
Painters and decorators often work at heights from ladders and scaffolding, and many of the materials used emit hazardous fumes or suspended particles. Safety procedures are followed and safety equipment is used to minimize risks.
Source: 2016 Census
Completion of Grade 10 or equivalent (including English 10, Mathematics 10, Science 10) is the minimum education requirement; however, completion of secondary school is preferred. Other beneficial qualifications include:
Certification is not mandatory in British Columbia, but it can offer more well-rounded training and will likely increase work opportunities. Painting and decorating apprenticeships:
Painters and decorators are eligible for Interprovincial Standard Endorsement (Red Seal) qualification through the Industry Training Authority. This allows holders to work in any province or territory. Once individuals pass the final examination of their accredited training program, they will achieve certification and will automatically receive Red Seal qualification.
Workers with 8,100 hours of documented, directly related work experience can challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal examination. For more information, please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca.
Workers who are certified for an occupation by a regulator elsewhere in Canada can apply for the same certification from the regulator in B.C. Under the terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most applicants who are transferring their credentials from elsewhere in Canada will not be required to complete additional training or testing. However, the B.C. regulator may ask applicants to provide further information such as a letter of good standing, references, or criminal record check.
For those who trained outside of Canada and never received certification from any Canadian jurisdiction, a full assessment is likely needed. Most occupational regulators have a process for assessment and recognize internationally trained applicants.
Contact the Industry Training Authority of BC for details on how to apply for certification in B.C.
For information about labour mobility in Canada, visit www.workersmobility.ca.
View a list of B.C. occupational regulators.
For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
Visit our trades training page at www.workbc.ca/trades to learn about apprenticeship and trades training in B.C.
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With additional training, painters and decorators are able to transfer their skills to related occupations such as automotive painting.
Experienced workers may advance to supervisory positions or start their own businesses.
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