Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The painter and decorator apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,300 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in general painting, surface preparation, colour, manual application tools, conventional and airless spraying, basic mathematics and drawing interpretation.
The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in decorative finishes, wood finishing, residential wallcovering, colourant, air assisted, airless and hot spraying, intermediate mathematics and drawing interpretation.
The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in industrial painting, commercial wallcovering, specialty finishes, advanced calculations and final period fundamentals.