This qualification is aimed at those who are involved in preparing surfaces and applying paint by brush to complex surfaces and hanging wall coverings such as standard paper and/or wide with vinyl.
It allows candidates to prove they have the skills and knowledge in a range of finishing techniques including the application of coving and decorative moldings, application of coatings by spray methods, stenciling, graining, comb textured, marbling and the application of metal leaf.
Students will gain Essential Skills certificates.
Updated March 2017
A Level 2 qualification and employment within the trade.
Mandatory / optional units include:
- Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace*
- Erecting and dismantling access / working platforms*
- Confirming the occupational method of work
- Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area
- Applying paint systems to complex surfaces by brush
- Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships
- Preparing surfaces for painting / decorating*
- Hanging standard paper wallcoverings
- Hanging wide-width vinyls
- Producing and applying complex stencil designs
- Applying coatings by the airless spray method
- Applying coatings by the air spray method
- Hanging wall coverings to complex surfaces
- Producing comb textured finishes
- Applying metal leaf to surfaces
- Producing quality replica marble finishes
- Hanging specialised paper wall coverings
- Producing quality replica grained finishes
- Installing coving and decorative mouldings
- Applying coatings to produce textured finishes
- Producing broken colour effects
- Producing stencil designs using pre-cut stencil plates
- Producing straight grained effects
- Producing marbling effects
- Application of Number Level 2
- Communication Level 2
- Employment rights and responsibilities
* These do not have to be completed if the student has already achieved a Level 2 qualification.
This qualification will give you the skills and qualification to progress into self-employment or employment with a firm or contractor.
Learners will attend training on a 'one day per week' basis to study the Diploma for the practical and theory elements. This includes end of unit practical and multiple-choice tests. Whilst at work you will need to gather evidence of competence for your NVQ qualification. The NVQ is assessed by the gathering of photographic evidence, witness testimonies and on-site visits from your tutor/assessor.
Apprentices are assigned a training mentor, who will visit them regularly to ensure they are happy with their progress and that they are on track to achieve.
It will take between 12 - 24 months to complete the apprenticeship framework dependent on ability and prior experience.