Painting & Decorating

  • Instructor Rachel Kline | East Campus | CIP Code 46.0408

    This program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. The hands-on-approach to the training gives students ample opportunity to hone their skills and fine-tune their talents.

    In this program students are given instruction and practical experience in all aspects of painting, staining, finishing, and wall- paper hanging. Students also learn surface stripping and preparation, brush and spray painting skills, paper hanging, cost estimation, furniture refinishing, color coordinating, interior decorating, tile setting, faux finishing, care and use of equipment, and safety practices.

    Upon graduation, students may seek employment in several areas or with further training and education may pursue more advanced career options, such as interior design and decorating.

    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The Painting and Decorating program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

    PBA – Pennsylvania Builder’s Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification. Visit for more information.

    Career Pathways:

    Residential Painter
    Paper Hanger
    Tile Setter
    Furniture Finisher
    Drywall Taper


    Interior Designer
    Interior Decorator
    Painter (Maintenance)
    Painting & Decorating Instructor
    Paint Crew Foreman
    Commercial Painter
    Industrial Painter
    Structural Steel Painter
    Bridge Painter
    Furniture Finisher

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Painting & Decorating
  • Industry Certifications:

    NCCER Core
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 4 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Ability to read tape measure and ruler
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude
    o Ability to add, subtract, and multiply fractions