1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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4421-11 Painter and Decorator

Applies paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate the surfaces of buildings and structures.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • erects scaffolding and ladders, and places drop sheets to protect adjacent areas from paint splattering
  • prepares surfaces by removing old paint and wallpaper, fixing woodwork, filling holes and cracks, and smoothing and sealing surfaces
  • selects and prepares paints to required colours by mixing portions of pigment, oil, thinning and drying additives
  • applies paints, varnishes or stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers or sprays
  • hangs wallpaper
  • cleans equipment and work areas
  • may repair windows and replace glass in wooden and metal frames
  • may lay and repair wall and floor tiles


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