Painting & Decorating

15 months, 1590 hours

This program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. The hands-on approach to the training gives students ample opportunity to hone their skills and fine tune their talents.

In this program students are given instruction and practical experience in all aspects of painting, staining, finishing, and wallpaper hanging. Students also learn surface stripping and preparation, brush and spray painting skills, paper hanging, cost estimation, furniture finishing, color coordinating, interior decorating, tile setting, faux finishing, care and use of equipment, and safety practices. Upon graduation, students may seek employment in several areas or with further training and education may pursue more advanced career options, such as interior design and decorating.

Industry Certifications:

  • NCCER Core
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear


· One Navy Blue Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo

· One Navy Blue or Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

· One Pair White Utility Pants – proper fitting and no holes.

N/A Work shoes or work boots; or all leather sneakers Safety glasses provided by BCTC


This textbook will be provided by BCTC and will be in the classroom for students to utilize. If you wish to purchase a copy it can be found on Amazon:

Painting – Commercial & Residential Level 1 Trainee Guide (Paperback, 2nd Edition) – by NCCER

ISBN #: 978-0-13771-239-7

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Work shoes or work boots; or all leather sneakers 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
2″ Sash Brush 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $18.00 Sherwin Williams
1″ Fitch Paintbrush or 1″ Sash Brush 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $10.00 Sherwin Williams
Utility Knife 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $5.00 Sherwin Williams
Tape Measure 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $6.00 Sherwin Williams
Stiff Putty Knife 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $5.00 Sherwin Williams
Roller Frame (cage) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $5.00 Sherwin Williams
2 Pack – 9″ Roller Cover (3/8″ NAP) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $8.00 Sherwin Williams

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

ACE Painting & Decorating

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Residential Painter Painter
  • Paper Hanger
  • Tile Setter
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Drywall Taper