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Advanced Apprenticeship in Painting & Decorating Level 3

A full Construction Apprenticeship requires the completion of a four part Framework. This includes a Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, a Functional skills Level 2 in Mathematics and English which are completed at college, and a Level 3 NVQ Diploma completed on site. The fourth element, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing – Painting and Decorating (Construction) – Decorative finishing qualification is delivered in a working environment; this means you need to be employed to study this qualification. It has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence, and requires the completion of an evidence based portfolio.


The Painting and Decorating Diploma (The Technical Certificate) is delivered here at college for one full day a week. The Functional skills Qualifications are also delivered in college.

Being employed, you are required to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that you are competent against a set of performance statements. Evidence is collected in a work based evidence portfolio and is built up usually over a two year period.


The underpinning knowledge, technical certificate and key skills are delivered at college and the NVQ portfolio is developed in the workplace by gathering evidence towards completion of the practical units.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, though it is recommended you complete the level 2 NVQ. All applicants are interviewed and assessed for suitability by a training officer. Applicants are expected to be in relevant employment with the support of an employer who can offer work commensurate with the NVQ completion. Those without an employer will be given job seeking assistance, but may be enrolled on a full time course until such time as they gain employment.

Interview Process

Interview with the training officer, a trade related assessment will be undertaken. All previous qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

You are assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you through your programme of learning. Technical certificates and functional skills additionally involve both written and online multiple choice tests.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On completion of this qualification, progress into employment in your chosen trade or on to one of the following: - Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision - Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision - Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Senior Crafts

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

Before enrolment you will be asked to attend an interview with a Training Officer and complete a Basic Key Skills assessment. The results of this will be used to determine the level of support you will require to complete your framework successfully.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day)
  • Start Date: Monday
  • Hours per week: 7 Hours Per Week
  • Days: Various
  • Start Time: 8.30 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Course Fees: No fees payable for learners aged 16-18. For applicants over 18, please contact us for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Construction & Technology
  • Department Manager: Andrew Barnes


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: CSkills NVQ Level 3 Painting & Decorating
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds for the Technical Certificate C. Skills for the NVQ

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