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Role and key duties

Painters apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintainand decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.

Duties may include: working out the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings; erecting scaffolding, cradles and ladders and placing drop sheets to protect areas from dripping paint; removing old paint or paper using sanding, scraping, blowtorches, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate;preparing surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joins and washing them down to remove dust and grease; selecting and preparing paints to match colours by the addition of tints; and brushing, rolling or spraying the paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent (including VCE, VCAL or Certificate II VET sector accreditation).

Recommended qualification

Certificate III in General Construction.

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