A painter and decorator works on a wide range of painting and decorating projects ranging from house renovations to new-builds all the way to complex jobs such as painting bridges, or maintaining historic buildings. A painter and decorator makes walls and ceilings shipshape and attractive, using a variety of systems, wallpaper and other finishes.

It’s one of the most in-demand construction trades and you’ll need to master a range of techniques for making places look good, often training in new skills throughout your career. Specialist techniques include applying decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a painter and decorator and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Accuracy

  • Teamwork

  • Manual dexterity

  • Health and Safety

  • Attention to detail

  • Time management

  • Customer service skills

  • Creativity

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above.
  • To be eligible to take part in WorldSkills Lyon 2023 you must be born on or after 1 January 2001.

National Qualifier dates

  • Northern Ireland: 27 May
  • England, Scotland and Wales: 8 June, 10 June,  15 June, 17 June, 22 June, 24 June

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register before 14 May

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or work place, or, take part in an online competition

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2022 for the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 cycle

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