A male painting and decorating student painting a picture of The Joker at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Painting & Decorating

There's more to painting and decorating than just putting paint on a wall - find out more about this exciting and rewarding career path with East Durham College's range of painting and decorating courses starting at Level 1 all the way to Level 3.

Choose Your Course

If you love working with your hands, being creative and working with members of the public, a course in painting and decorating is perfect for you.

At East Durham College, our painting and decorating courses are designed to provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding, as well as the skills you'll need to become fully qualified as a painter and decorator. The aim at the end of your training is for you to become qualified as a painter and/or decorator with you being confident enough in your skills and abilities to provide P&D services to the wider public.

Painting and decorating is taught at our Peterlee campus. The college's construction facility has a dedicated facility for painting and decorating, with a huge workshop offering some of the best facilities in the region, including large training bays, all the tools you'll need and painting/decorating materials. You'll have access to classrooms and computer facilities for the knowledge aspects of the course, as well as access to our fantastic facilities around the college including our cafeteria, a pool table (found in the painting and decorating workshop) and our free gym.

Painting and Decorating Workshop at East Durham College
EDC's Painting and Decorating Workshop

Our Painting and Decorating Teaching Staff

We employ teams of highly-skilled tradesmen who are first-class construction training practitioners. Their experienced, expert approach brings students up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

The College is continually building important partnerships with leading construction companies. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products.

Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction industry and today’s employers demand. 

Construction Careers in the North East

Construction is one of the UK’s largest industries with hundreds of different job roles and over 2m employees. The industry has recently reported skills shortages, which can make bricklaying a well-paid role for those with the right skills and approach to work.


For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our painting and decorating courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full time course(s) for 2020/21 listed below:

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in painting and decorating, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website