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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
[Commercial] Painter


Occupation Description: 
Painter and Decorators apply paint, wallpaper, fabric and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They also repair cracks and holes in walls and prepare work surfaces by scraping, sanding, sand-blasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning. Painter and Decorators work on everything from home interiors, residential painting and wall covering work; to industrial tanks and conveyors, corrosion control, wood staining, and surface preparation. They may work as part of a team or be independent contractors. Painter and Decorators must be able to determine the quantities and cost of materials needed. Environmental concerns are becoming part of the required knowledge base. Painter and Decorators need to know the techniques for handling their specialized products, and they must practice safety procedures in applying these products. People practicing this trade should be aware of improvements in product quality, equipment upgrades, and trends in colour and wall coverings. Effective collaboration with interior designers and architects may also be part of the job.‚Äč 

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

‚ÄčTime Commitment
  • 1 intake:  mid-June‚Äč
  • 6 weeks long 
  • 5 days a week
  • 8.00am to 2.30pm

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 2-3 Coquitlam SD43 students
    • ‚Äčnote: FTI is limited class size to 8, presently, so seats are limited to 1-2 for the district - class size will be updated in the Spring 2022.
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program pri‚Äčor to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that ‚Äčcurrent grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date in late July (‚Äčex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" ‚Äč

Student Cost

  • $0 - all costs are covered by school district

Location & Transportation

  • FTI - 12277 Industrial Roa‚Äčd, Surrey (just over Patullo Bridge)
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • ‚ÄčSkyTrain to Scott Road station, then do a 15 min walk, is probably the most viable option


  • completed all grade 11 core subjects‚Äč
  • solid literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school

Skills + Attributes

  • ‚Äčkeen eye for detail
  • accuracy
  • physically fit‚Äč

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with the district coordinator:‚Äč


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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828