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NVQ Level 3 Painting & Decorating Course

Awarding Body City & Guilds

City & Guilds 6219-08 Certificate and Training to NVQ Level 3


We have devised an 8 week Painting & Decorating training course which will provide you with a City & Guilds qualification and training in what is typically expected of a level 3 Painter. If you are looking to have training and assessment which will eventually confirm your status as a level 3 Painter/Decorator, look no further! This comprehensive, detailed period of training will teach you everything that is expected of a level 3 Painter/Decorator. A fantastic opportunity to learn all aspects of painting & decorating and everything that goes with it.

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What You’ll Learn

During the first half of the course you will be trained and assessed to achieve the various units which make up the C&G 6219 qualification (please see our City & Guilds Painting & Decorating Course to view all of the units in detail) and in the second half of the course, we will endeavour to provide you with training which will enable you, if you choose, to work towards achieving NVQ level 3.

The Full Route to achieve a QUA828 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing - Painting and Decorating (Construction) - Decorative Finishing  is made up of the following units:

  • QCF209v2 - Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
  • QCF210v2 - Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
  • QCF211v2 - Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
  • QCF250C - Erecting and Dismantling Access/Working Platforms in the Workplace
  • QCF332 - Preparing Surfaces for Painting/Decorating in the Workplace
  • QCF333B - Applying Paint Systems to Complex Surfaces in the Workplace
  • QCF343 - Hanging Wallcoverings to Complex Surfaces in the Workplace
  • QCF641 - Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace

We will use the facilities we have to their full potential to teach you how you can eventually meet the above listed units of competence.

How You’ll Learn

We have used some genuine level 3 assessments upon which to base our training and with time permitting, we will provide you with training as follows:

For Ceiling:

  • Make good and prepare the surface ready to receive paper
  • Apply a wood ingrain paper
  • Apply one coat of vinyl matt emulsion by roller

For Chimney breast wall:

  • Make good and prepare the surface ready to receive paper
  • Hang a set match patterned vinyl paper, to achieve a balanced pattern effect, with the first drop centred on the chimney breast (external angles must be cut).

For Plain/side wall area:

  • Make good and set out as per drawing provided
  • Hang blown vinyl paper
  • Apply two coats of acrylic eggshell by brush and roller to the whole wall area, including the blown vinyl
  • Apply acrylic scumble glaze to the coated blown vinyl and produce a ‘glazed and wiped’ effect
  • Set out the border as per drawing supplied and apply a ground coat
  • Produce a light oak brush-grained effect using acrylic scumble
  • Prepare and cut the stencil plate from the given design (drawing provided)
  • Set out and apply a border stencil to the grained area using a stencil brush and water-borne paint (colour complementary to the glazed and wiped area); produce a uniform colour effect
  • Adjust texture paint to suitable consistency for pattern
  • Apply the texture paint to the panel in the dado, and produce stipple texture pattern.

On the wall with a window:


  • make good and prepare the surface
  • apply one coat of  acrylic gloss

Surrounding wall area:

  • make good and prepare
  • apply two coats of vinyl matt emulsion by brush and roller.

Skirting board:

  • make good and prepare the surface
  • apply one coat of acrylic eggshell by brush.

Panelled door:

  • make good and prepare the surface
  • apply one coat of solvent-borne gloss by brush.

In Week  8 you will put all of your training to the test to attempt the following tasks:

Task A - Decorate a room with specialist materials - drawing will be provided to show a room with a chimney breast and prefinished ceiling and skirting boards. To do this you must:

Side wall 1

  • Make good and prepare the surface to receive paper
  • Hang a paper-backed wide-width vinyl following the manufacturer’s instructions

Side wall 2

  • Make good and prepare the unlined surface to receive paint.
  • Set out from the supplied drawing.
  • Hang a lincrusta frieze, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Prepare the lincrusta frieze and apply acrylic eggshell to frieze and upper wall area.
  • Tape the perimeter of top painted panel using 20 mm width tape.
  • Apply texture paint to panel and produce a recognised combed effect.
  • Prepare and apply metal leaf to high points on the lincrusta frieze.
  • Hang weftless paper as indicated on the supplied drawing, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Hang the specialist paper, as indicated on the supplied drawing, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Task B - Paper a staircase. To do this you must:

  • Position and erected appropriate access equipment
  • Make good and prepare the surface to receive paper
  • Hang a set match patterned standard vinyl paper

Task C - Doors and finishes

Flush door 1:

  • Prepare the surface
  • Apply two coats of acrylic gloss varnish by roller, laying off each by brush

Hung flush door 2:

  • Prepare the surface
  • Prepare the surrounding areas for the spray application of paint
  • Set up hvlp spray equipment for use
  • Prepare materials ready for spraying
  • Apply one coat of acrylic undercoat using hvlp spray equipment
  • Apply one coat of  acrylic gloss using hvlp spray equipment
  • Clean and maintain spray equipment

Our training has been developed to help you fully understand how to gather work based evidence, how to enlist the help of an onsite recorder, how to record photographic evidence and so on. Once you have completed the 8 weeks, we have no doubt that your skill level will enable you to find work within the Painting & Decorating industry and immediately start to gather the evidence which will award you your NVQ.

This combination of training gives you a great opportunity to secure work and achieve additional qualifications.

Courses Open To You After

The next step for you is to be assessed in the work-place to have your progress monitored and recorded in order to be certificated for the NVQ level 3.

Additional Info

NVQs are ‘Declarations of Competence’ and as such, cannot be achieved in a simulated environment like a training centre – all we can do here is prepare you for the process for when you are in the real working environment  and we do this very well. At the end of the course, Able Skills will register you as someone who is working towards achieving NVQ level 3 in Painting & Decorating and we will provide you with a startup portfolio which will include all of the evidence and assessment sheets ready for you to use as and when you gather your work based evidence.

This is a hands-on, practical Painting & Decorating course and you will be involved at every stage and will be participating throughout. It is therefore recommended you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential.

Duration & Cost

This is an 8 Week (40 day) course and the cost is £2795.00 including vat. A deposit of £500.00 will secure a booking with the balance payable over the period of the training.

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