This qualification is aimed at those who are involved in preparing surfaces and applying decorative finishes to surfaces. It
is not expected that candidates working in this industry all do the same activities; the qualification is structured to ensure
that there is a high degree of flexibility within the units available. The qualification requires candidates to prove they
have the skills and knowledge to prepare surfaces and apply paint by brush and roller and use access equipment but an
additional pathway allows those also involved in the use of abrasive blast cleaners and applying paint by spray methods
to have their achievements recognised. The qualification has been written in a way to allow employees from companies
of all sizes and specialisms equal opportunity to complete.
The standards cover the most important aspects of the job. This qualification is at Level 2, although some units may be at
different levels and should be taken by those who are fully trained to deal with routine assignments. Candidates should
require minimum supervision in undertaking the job.
There is also a Level 3 qualification for Decorative Finishing (Painting and Decorating) through GQA that includes units on
coving, wall coverings and specialist finishes such as stencilling, graining, marbling and metal leaf
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