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NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Industrial Painting Decorating

Course Description

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence demonstrated by an individual in the workplace. This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations (Construction) Painter provides the opportunity for individuals who specialise in painting and decorating to demonstrate their competence.

The course provides a specialist work related programme of training covering key knowledge and practical skills required within the sector.

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

  • A careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
  • The ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions
  • The ability to work safely, follow risk assessments and method statements
  • The ability to work well in a team

On-Site Assessment and Training provides the opportunity for experienced workers to gain the qualifications needed to prove they can do the job. It turns existing skills and experience into a nationally recognised qualification such as an NVQ. Having these qualifications also supports the application for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for operatives who are working in the construction industry as a Painter and Decorator, either experienced or just starting out in the industry and would like to earn while they learn.


The average timescale for completion is 3-8 months depending on experience and access to assessment opportunities.

Course Content

There are 6 units in this qualification suite which are derived from National Occupational Standards. Candidates must undertake a minimum of 6 units to gain the qualification.
These are made up of 6 core units (of which all must be taken) to make up the 6 units for the qualification.

The 6 core units are:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Erecting and Dismantling Access/Working Platforms in the Workplace
  • Applying Paint Systems by Brush and Roller in the Workplace
  • Preparing Surfaces for Painting/Decorating in the Workplace

The units of this qualification can be delivered in any order or combined as necessary to form part of a relevant training programme; allmandatory units must be completed by each candidate. AllLearning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of the units that candidates are registered to take must be achieved prior to claiming the qualification certificate.

Units must be assessed in a work environment, workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.

A variety of assessment methods are used, such as Observations, Witness Testimonies, Professional discussion, Site evidence, Photographic evidence, Evidence of previous learning and Knowledge Questions.

Assessment and Certification

After completing a final assessment successful candidates will receive certification and be eligible to make an application for the CSCS Skilled WorkersBlueCard.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, individuals must be employed as a Painter and Decorator, and have the potential and opportunity to successfully cover the full range of assessments to gain the qualification.

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