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Commercial Painting - What to Expect

Being a quality union commercial painter necessitates learning an array of skills and safety procedures. Several on-the-job and classroom hours are needed to become a skilled craftsperson and on your way to a top-paying journeyman position.

Training classes are held year-round and are mandatory for all apprentices. Under the guidance of an instructor, apprentices will receive training in the following subjects but not limited to:
  • CPR/First Aid
  • OSHA Health & Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Surface Preparation
  • Labor History
  • Proper and Safe Use of Power Tools
  • Proper and Safe Use of Hand Tools
  • Spray Painting
  • Wall Covering
  • Faux Finishes
  • Decorative Finishes
  • Product Knowledge
  • Job Site Safety
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Estimating

An apprentice will be released from on-the-job work to an assigned training center for periods of one week at a time. The apprentice will continue to learn the skills needed to eventually work on any commercial painting project.