Basic Construction Skills (Painting & Decorating) Diploma Level 1

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 1 Construction

This Level 1 one-year introductory course will introduce you to the basics of painting and decorating and start to help you hone your practical craft skills.

A career in painting and decorating can offer you a wide range of experiences if you are a practical person with creative flair. You may work as an independent sole trader or for a larger construction company decorating new builds or even on industrial jobs sandblasting and spray painting on a large scale.

You must complete both Level 1 and 2 qualifications to ensure your skills and technical ability are of a high enough standard to start a career in painting and decorating. To work in a construction or building site on new builds you will also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) accreditation that we can provide as part of the course.



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Ideal if:

You wish to learn, develop and practise the skills required for entry into a career in painting and decorating.

You’ll need:

GCSE English and maths at grade 2 or above.

You’ll learn:

How to erect and dismantle access equipment, ladders, scaffolding etc. You will also study how to effectively apply paint to different surfaces using a variety of equipment. Other skills include learning how to apply wallpaper and produce decorative finishes.


To learn by a mix of theory, practical demonstration and by working on practice and assessment pieces.


You’ll love:

That most of your time will be spend in our workshops, learning practical skills.

You’ll go on to:

The Level 2 Diploma or an apprenticeship.

Careers in this industry 

- Self-employed painter and decorator
- Restoration technician
- New build finisher
- Shop or retail specialist with a large contracting company
- Exterior walls and buildings specialist
- Industrial painter - e.g. bridge specialist

Highly experienced decorators can earn up to £30k per year."




Basic Construction Skills (Painting & Decorating) Diploma Level 1

Start Date

September 2019




1 year

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