Painting and Decorating


Painting and Decorating

The tasks of this skills category are based on the competence area of construction painting in the Vocational Qualification in Surface Treatment Technology. The professional title is painter.

Depending on the competence area, the workplace may be, for example, in companies in the painting and construction sector. Their tasks may include, for example, painting in new construction and renovation sites, painting of furniture, restoration or furnishing of ships at shipyards. 

Description of the skill

The competition task requires usual painter’s skills, like working skills in newbuildings, repair, painting and external painting. The work tasks in the competition can be for example painting of interior wall surfaces, ceilings, floors, doors, window frames, mouldings, furniture or heaters. The work task can also consist of wallpapering or painting the exterior cladding or metal roof including groundworks. The competitor shall be able to carry out the tasks according to the written work specifications and drawings and select the suitable working order for work sequence.

Skill requirements

The skill category is based on the requirements and criteria of ”Excellent” in the vocational qualification in surface treatment technology, competence areas in building surface treatments, as well as the requirements of working life for a young worker.

The skill requirements for the qualification title painter are, among other things:

  • skills of protecting, cleaning, applying pretreatment, grinding and grounding for painting works
  • skills of seaming the plasterboards and other boards
  • skills of puttying, sleeking and smoothing a variety of underlays
  • skills of painting undercoat, midcoat and surface coat with hand tools and also with spray on a variety of underlays
  • skills of bordering with hand tools
  • skills of fastening the paintable wallcovering and usual wallcovering.

Competence requirements for a successful competitor:

A competitor has an overall mastering of a painter’s work tasks. S/he is able to plan his/her daily work tasks so that transferring from one work stage to another takes place at suitable time and no unnecessary breaks occur for example as a result of waiting for substance drying.

The competitor carries out the tasks according to the written work specifications and engineering drawings. The competitor must be able to adapt to changes, which are made to the plans, for example, if a customer expresses his/her wishes regarding colours or materials. In assessment of the professional competence level, the focus will be in fast working, precision of the edging, tidiness of the worksite, quality of the surfaces, complying with work safety, professional working and observing sustainable development during the competition.

Skill competition managers

Marja Viitaniemi

Skill steering group

  • Skill steering group will be nominated during autumn 2024.

Partners of the skill

Main event partners

  • Skills Finland logo
  • Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö logo
  • Finnish National Agency for Education logo
  • City of Turku logo