Painting & Decorating

Painting & Decorating

Location: East Campus (Oley)          Instructor: Rachel Kline          CIP Code: 46.0408

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 wall- paper hanging. Students also learn surface stripping and preparation, brush and spray painting skills, paper hanging, cost estimation, furniture refinishing, color coordinating, interior decorating, 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.

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
The Painting and Decorating program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

PBA – Pennsylvania’s Builder’s Association
The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit for more information.

Industry Certifications:

ALA Extension Ladder Safety
ALA Step & Articulated Ladder
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)


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


PLEASE NOTE: No textbook is required for this course. Students will utilize the online resource – Your instructor will give you all the details at New Student Orientation.

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.

Painting & Decorating

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • 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
  • Paper Hanger
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Drywall Taper
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Painter, Maintenance
  • Painting and Decorating Instructor
  • Paint Crew Foreman
  • Commercial Painter
  • Industrial Painter
  • Structural Steel Painter
  • Bridge Painter