Program Objectives

The Commercial and Residential Painting program aims to train painters. Painters apply finishes to protect and decorate surfaces in residential buildings, commercial buildings, institutional and industrial buildings and construction sites. They prepare different surfaces (wood, masonry, plaster, chalky and synthetic surfaces, cement, metal) before applying materials such as paint, high performance coverings, waterproof materials, flame retardant materials, varnish, lacquer, wall coverings and special finishes.

Preparing and finishing work is determined by the nature and quality of the surface, as well as the finish desired.

Painters work in construction companies, as entrepreneurs, building maintenance, or are independant contractors. They work on large scale projects (such as large apartment buildings), inside and outside homes, wall coverings, industrial settings, bridges, airports, buildings, boat projects, mining sites and other commercial or industrial projects. Some painters practice their trade for several years on the same site, while others may work for contractors that rarely work more than once with the same client.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
754-991 Become familiar with the organizations involved in the construction industry 15 1
754-992 To protect health, safety and physical integrity on construction sites 30 2
941-401 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
941-412 Use lifting equipment 30 2
941-422 Associate products with the preparation and finishing of surfaces 30 2
941-434 Prepare and repair plaster surfaces 60 4
941-446 Finish plaster surfaces 90 6
941-452 Match and reproduce colours 30 2
941-465 Prepare estimates 75 5
941-476 Install wall coverings 90 6
941-484 Spray surfaces 60 4
941-496 Prepare and finish chalky and synthetic surfaces 90 6
941-506 Prepare and finish wood surfaces 90 6
941-516 Prepare and finish metal surfaces 90 6
941-526 Create decorative effects and special finishes 90 6
941-531 Prepare to enter the work force 15 1
900 60

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding an Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies, or a post-secondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning

Specific conditions:
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate for a Semiskilled Trade (TCST), and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
Persons who are at least 15 years of age on September 30 of the current school year, who have attained vocational maturity and who have earned their Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics are eligible for admission to a pilot project for concurrent admission. By means of concurrent admission with an integrated schedule, they will continue their vocational training and their general education in the youth sector to complete the Secondary III prerequisites they need to obtain their vocational training diploma. Authorization by the Ministère is required for the concurrent admission of a student in Secondary III

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
CS Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier (Laurentides)
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Centre de formation Construc-Plus Vocational Centre P241M D Sept. 3rd, 2024
P242M D Jan. 7th, 2025


Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
CSS de Montréal
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
École des métiers de la construction de Montréal PAI45 D Mar. 10th, 2025

Construction Painter

Construction painters apply paint, stains, varnishes and other products with a brush, roller or spray equipment. They prep surfaces (wood, drywall, metal) and install wall coverings (wallpaper, vinyl, fabrics). They may be called upon to reproduce lettering and designs or create special effects and faux finishes in residential or commercial spaces. This is a traditional trade that requires attention to detail, resourcefulness and manual skills. A job as a construction painter is suitable for people who like to work alone and have a good sense of color and texture.

Related Training(s)

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Average Salary

Construction Painter — $24.70

Job Titles

Construction painter

Targeted Professions

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Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) (7294)


Commission de la construction du Québec
inter Syndicat de la construction

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