Painting and Decorating Diploma or Apprenticeship Level 3

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Construction

This Level 3 course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to begin a career in the painting and decorating industry.

You must complete both the Level 1 and 2 qualifications to ensure your skills and technical ability are of a high standard, before progressing onto this course. You will also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) accreditation that we can provide as part of the course.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.

Apprenticeship Route: 

Please note that this qualification is also available as an apprenticeship and would take two years to complete, working while you earn and learn, by attending college one day per week. You will need to find a business that will employ you as an apprentice throughout your training.


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Ideal if:

Anyone who has studied to Level 2 and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in painting and decorating, or wishes to enter the industry.

You’ll need:

You’ll be expected to have previously attained the Level 2 Diploma, or be able to demonstrate significant industrial experience at this level.

You’ll learn:

A wide variety of complex skills including applying hangings to walls and ceilings, producing specialist finishes for painted decorative work, paint systems using airless equipment, and applying waterborne paint systems using High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment. You will also learn the priciples of organising, planning and pricing work.


A mixture of practical and theory lessons, and have your skills and knowledge assessed by a mixture of written multiple choice papers, on line tests and practical assessments.

You’ll love:

You’ll love the challenge of learning and applying these complex techniques, and the pride in the finishes you can produce.

You’ll go on to:

Employment within the industry or an advanced apprenticeship in construction.


Engineering Construction


Painting and Decorating Diploma or Apprenticeship Level 3

Start Date

September 2020




12 months

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