Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and
Industrial Painting Occupations

Why Do You Need It?

What is the purpose of this qualification?

This qualification meetsthe occupational standards required for painters and decorators responsible for working carrying out painting and decorative finishing on construction building projects.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the latest National Occupational Standards for Painting and Decorating and is entirely vocationally-related in its content. As an NVQ, all units within the qualifications are derived from these occupational standards directly, and evidence of knowledge, skill and understanding will be gained from a workplace or a realistic workplace situation.

It covers the following topics:

  • Erecting and dismantling Access/ Working Platforms
  • Preparing surfaces for painting/ decorating
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
  • Confirming to general health, safety and welfare requirements
  • Conforming to productive working practices
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace.

Who can take this qualification?

This qualification is for all learners aged 16and above who are capable of reaching the required standards and have opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a realistic construction working environment.  Learners do not need any prior qualifications, knowledge or experience before starting the qualification. They are likely, however to be working as painters or decorating in Construction or be able to take on such responsibilities as progression from a lower level or trainee role.


Who supports this qualification?

The specification for these qualifications has been approved by the Welsh Government for use by centres in Wales and by the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for use by centres in Northern Ireland. This qualification has been accredited onto the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

How is this qualification assessed?

A portfolio of evidence gathered from a range of sources including workplace activities and realistic work environments, professional discussions, questioning and observation of performance.

Although this qualification is a component of the intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Building, it is also suitable for learners who may need or wish to take the qualification on its own. For example learners, working full, part-time or on a voluntary basis, or those who are not new to the role but need to upskill and/or demonstrate competency in the areas covered by the qualification.

What can this qualification lead to?

Learners may use the qualification to gain employment as painters and decorators on construction sites. It may be used as evidence to prove competence to prospective employers, directly or as a component of card competence schemesat supervisory level. Such schemes are not a licence to practice and can be achieved by different routes (e.g. through the experienced worker route), but are widely recognised and used by many employers as proof of competence and access to sites.


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