Level 1 Certificate Painting & Decorating

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 1
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
CITB Cskills (Construction Industry Training Board)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course provides learners with a basic introduction to the decorating trade to prepare learners for progression.

As a painter and decorator, no two jobs are exactly the same. You will need to work with lots of different tools and materials and will need to know your products well.

You will study handling and storing materials, using working platforms, protecting working areas, preparing surfaces for decorating, and applying decorating materials. You will be continually assessed in practical skills and theory.


This course aims to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in painting and decorating. The units studied develop both written and practical skills for the workplace. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment.

You will have the opportunity to build many transferable skills, both theoretical and practical, as well as a sound knowledge and understanding of key processes and techniques used.


  • Health and Safety in Construction Trades
  • Working and Communicating Effectively in Construction Trades
  • Apply Paint to Substrates
  • Apply Wallpapers to Substrates
  • Prepare Substrates for Painting and Decorating.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


10am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is portfolio based - you will be expected to provide evidence gathered via photographs of practical projects.

Maths and English

Stobo Castle

Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

A number of Project Managers from high profile North East construction companies visit the College, to discuss employment opportunities and the construction industry.

We have many strong links with many companies, including:
  • Tolent Living
  • Persimmons Homes
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Robertsons Construction
  • Ladycraft Ltd
  • Durham City Builders
  • Scott Builders
  • Beamish Open Air Museum
  • Durham Rugby Club
  • The Royal County (Marriott Hotel).

The study programme is designed to allow you to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter regional and national competition.

The study programme is designed to allow students to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter internal and external brickwork competitions, and gain hands-on experience with a work placement.


At Level 1, you will engage in set sessions that aim to improve your employability skills. To do so, you will need to register with REEDncfe.

You could progress to Level 1 Diploma Painting & Decorating, or an apprenticeship in a relevant subject.

Meet our students

Craig Lowes

Craig Lowes

Craig completed his apprenticeship and has now secured employment at Art Tech in Washington.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

You will need a bib, brace, overalls and safety footwear for practical sessions.

You will have the opportunity to purchase these at the start of term at approximately £12 each.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College with one of our construction team.

Your interview will include:
  • A presentation detailing the College’s course key messages
  • Initial literacy and maths assessments
  • One-to-one opportunity for student or parent discussion
  • Tour of facilities.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

There are no formal entry requirements for the course, however, a good level of maths and English would be beneficial.