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Training Duration

​Minimum of three (3) years of related instruction classes in all subjects related to the trade for at least 432 hours, or 144 hours during each year of the term of apprenticeship

A minimum of 6000 hours of on-the-job training.  Related instruction includes, color mixing and matching, preparation of surfaces, special finishes, special textures, handling of tools, wallcovering, spray painting, blueprint reading, OSHA certification, CPR-First Aid certification, Lead Abatement certification, respirator certification and other safety related classes.

The Apprenticeship course is three years in which you learn to become a Professional dry wall finisher (taper) and painter.  Instruction includes preparation, care and use of drywall taping equipment and tools, drywall taping process, special texturing, hanging vinyl, wallpaper and modern coatings.

Nature of Work

Drywall Finisher.  The Drywall Finisher finishes gypsum wallboard surfaces by taping, spotting, pointing, filling, finishing and sanding joints, angles, internal and external corners, and all field surfaces.  Skil is required in the use of hand filling and machine toool methods for both preparation and application techniques.  As Such, the Drywall Finisher shall be familiar with all aspects of the trade including: the tools, materials, procedures, environmental conditions on the job site as well as the regulations and standards of the various authorities have jurisdiction.

Painter.  The first prioity of the Painters, Industrial Painters and Wallcoverers is to prepare the surface for the finishes to be applied.  Some of the processes that are used are wash, scrape, wire brush or sand and, in some cases, use chemicals, electric scrapers, and blasters or blow torches to remove old pait, it is the job of the applicator to sand any irregularities, fill crack and holes, and remove excess dirt and grease.  

Using tools of the trade, the Painter  know and uses what is best for each job.  Although some Painters do all types of painting most specialize in one type, such as interior or exterior work, new construction, signs, remodeling, particular structures and building (apartments, homes, bridges, water tanks, structural steel), special effects and decorative designs, metal surfaces or Transportation equipment.

Wallcoverer.  The Wallcoverer measures the surface he is to cover and cuts the covering to fit.  Next he mixes the adhesive, applies it to the back of the strip of covering, places the strip in correct position on the wall and smooths it with a smooting brush or knife.  He is very careful to match the paper pattern, making sure the design continues from strip to strip without visible break.

Painters/Wallcover & Drywall Finishers

Benefits Under Union

Health and Welfare, Vacation, Apprenticeship Fund, Industry Promotion, Pension (National)

Physical Demands

​Medium work:  Should be able to lift or carry up to 25 pounds; frequent lifting or carrying 5-gallon paint cans.  Should be able to climb a ladder, balance on a swing stage, be able to perform in small restricted areas and see what is happening around him or her.

1.  Age                          At least 18 years of age (Birth Certificate required).

2.  Education             High School Graduate or G.E.D. or H.S.E. Certificate, before

                                      accepted into the program or receive a high school diploma or its

                                      equivalent by the completion of apprenticeship program.

3.  Math Test              Required for applicants.

4.  Physical Ability   Physical ability as related to the trade.

5.  Interest

6.  Attitude

7.  Personal Traits

8.  Drug Test

Base Wage for Trained Journeyman

Journeyman Painter - $32.48 per hour

Apprentice Painter - 40% of Journeyman Wages

Working Conditions

Drywall Finisher.  Standing, bending, some lifting (up to 75 lbs). Coating and/or sanding with the use of a respirator.

Painter.  Painting is strenuous work, requiring much walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping, climbing and carrying.  Occupational hazards include falls from ladders ro scaffolds, and skin or throat irritation from paint fumes and thinners.  Exterior painter lose some work time each year due to bad weather.  Interior painters work primarily on new construction may lose work time during slowdowns in the construction activity.

Painters & Drywall Finishers JATC

1701 Whitney Mesa Drive, Suite 102

Henderson, NV  89014-2046

Office:  702-438-2611

Fax:     702-438-4452