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Union Painters apply paint, varnishes,lacquers, sealers, stains, etc. using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. Painters apply all types of wallpapers, vinyl wall fabrics and various types of coverings and coatings to interior and exterior building surfaces and to other fittings and furnishings. Painters make all the necessary preparations prior to application including removing old paint to prepare surface prior to painting.


Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and
dependants after working 130 hours per month.
Vacation and pension available immediately
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be physically able to do the work of the trade
Additional requirementsYou must bring the following items the day of the exam
in order to apply for entry to the program:
Valid California Drivers License
Social Security Card
Written or oral entry examsYes written and oral exams
Subjects studied by ApprenticesFirst Aid CPR
Ladder & Scaffold Safety (hands on)
Basic Job Safety & OSHA
Labor History
Brushes & Rollers
Surface Preparation I, II, III
Materials I, II
Sand & Water Blasting
Wood Types/Finishing Materials
Booms/Scissor Lifts & Forklifts
Advanced Scaffolding
Spray Painting Methods, Equipment, & Safety
Application I, II, III (hands on)
Basic Wall Covering
Equipment & Tools
Lead Abatement
Color Mixing & Matching
Mechanical Drawing & Blueprints I, II
Estimating Area & Materials

Contact: The District Council 16 Journeyman & Apprentice Training 865 Stillwater, Unit 7 West Sacramento, CA 95605 Alex Beltran, Director of Training.

Applications: You must make an appointment in advance to be able to register for the program. Contact the administrative offices.

How do new apprentices get their first job? The applicant must seek his/her own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program

Additional information: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Other allied trades with apprenticeship programs: See Carpet, Linoleum & Soft Tile Worker.