International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Ontario Council
IUPAT District Council 46


Ontario Painter Decorator
Commercial & Residential Trade

Training based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Trade Overview
A Commercial & Residential Painter apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. Specifically they read specifications to determine quantities of materials required, prepares and cleans surfaces/substrates using various methods such as; scraping, sanding, abrasive blasting, hydro-blasting and steam cleaning. They also mix and apply coatings according to manufacturer’s instructions, use brushes, rollers and or spray equipment to apply coatings, practice quality control, assemble and erect scaffolds, swing stages and other access equipment.


  • Minimum of 16 years of age
  • Minimum of Grade 10 OSSD education (16 credits) or equivalent

The apprenticeship program is a 6,000 hour program, which includes 720 hours in-school, and 5,280 hours on-the-job training. Apprentices are required to register with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and also establish and maintain active membership in the Ontario College of Trades for the duration of their apprenticeship.

School Terms:

  • Basic: 240 hours – 8 weeks of block training
  • Intermediate: 240 hours – 8 weeks of block training
  • Advanced: 240 hours – 8 weeks of block training

School Course Topics:

  • Coating Applications
  • Spray Coating Applications
  • Wall Covering
  • Surface Preparation
  • Trade Calculations & Science
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Quality Control
  • Workplace Health & Safety Access Equipment Use
  • Industry Standards

To Apply
Are you interested in becoming a Painter Decorator – Commercial & Residential?
Contact IUPAT District Council 46 Business Representative Nelson Garbett at (416) 986-9604 or NGarbett@DC46.iupat.org.

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