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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.​ 

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l​ook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin​g, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appoint​ment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S​pring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

​​mid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ​​ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits​
Time Commitment
  • 2023-24 intake:
    • mid-June (TDB, probably runs June 17 to July 26, 2024)
  • 6 weeks long 
  • 5 days a week​
  • 8.00am to 2.30pm

Student Cost

  • $0 - all costs are covered by school district

Location & Transportation

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


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


  • General
    • Creative, Expressive, Precise, and Visual
  • Key Job​
    • Project Planning & Business Management, Workplace Hazard Management, Surface Preparation & Painting, Colour Theory Application, and Application of Wall Coverings & Finishes
Student Eligibility
  • this program is made up different districts competitively applying for 16 high school seats per intake - traditionally Coquitlam SD​43 has had success in getting students in due to good marks and excellent attendance while in high school
  • students typically take this program i​n either their grade 11 or 12 year after taking all the necessary/core subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of their graduation year
    • ex 1:  a Program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a current grade 12 student​ to apply to
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September ​after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 can not apply as they will not be accepted​​
  • must have government-issued photo ID (ex: a driver's license, BC ​ID, passport) that is current/valid on the ​ITA exam date (last week or so of program)​
  • on intake date, students must be:
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
    • an enrolled student in a high school (non-grad) in SD43​
  • unfortunately, international students are not able to enroll in this program

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ​Ben King
Principal of Trades & Transitions



School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828