Painting and Decorating

Painting and Decorating online course

Course CodeVSS201
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Painting and decorating involve applying finishes to the surfaces on buildings, furniture, fences, or anything else.

Surfaces are often given their final surface by painting them but there are other ways of doing this too. For example, interior walls may be tiled, wallpapered, or paneled; exterior walls may be rendered, veneered, pebble-dashed, and so forth.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Paints
  3. Preparation for Painting
  4. Painting methods/techniques
  5. Special paint effects
  6. Wallpapering
  7. Tiling
  8. Paneling
  9. Other Surface Treatments

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe the nature and scope of painting and decorating of buildings, interior and exterior, including (in broad terms) the materials, equipment, and techniques.
  • Explain different types of paints used, including their comparative characteristics and appropriate applications.
  • Carry out appropriate preparations for painting.
  • Explain how to use painting tools, painting techniques and special effects.
  • Explain a variety of special paint effects and applications.
  • Explain how to use wallpaper.
  • Explain how to attach tiles to walls, floors, or other surfaces.
  • Explain how to attach panels to walls.
  • Explain a range of other ways to finish surfaces inside and outside buildings including stains and protective coatings.

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