Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations

Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations

The (NVQ) Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as erecting and dismantling access/working platforms, preparing surfaces for painting/decorating and applying paint systems by brush or roller.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Erecting and Dismantling Access/Working platforms in the Workplace
  • Preparing Surfaces for Painting/Decorating in the Workplace
  • Applying Paint Systems by Brush or Roller in the Workplace
  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

This qualification may be offered in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives


The qualification is designed to ensure competence in decorative finishing and industrial painting occupations such as applying paint systems by brush or roller. The qualification is aimed at those in work who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in their chosen industry.

Learners can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification or gaining employment.

It is intended that the qualification will allow learners to develop and evidence a broad range of experience of topics based on accepted and recognised industrial practices. The Diploma will provide a sound basis for working or advancing in the subject area for a range of potential learners.


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Supporting a role in the work place
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a painter or industrial painter. As a work-related, competency-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role of a painter or industrial painter.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

This qualification is assessed by completing various tasks to evidence what learners have learned, this can be carried out through practical assessment, knowledge based questioning and online assessment. The assessor can then confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to progress to Construction Building level 2 apprenticeship.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

What does this qualification cover

As this is a competence based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has a range of pathways and is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 67 credits or a maximum of 76 credits.

Recognition, progression and further information

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Specific skills, knowledge understanding or other qualification(s) required before taking this qualification include:

There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individual’s employed/seeking employment as:

  • painter
  • industrial painter


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Level 2 Construction Building Apprenticeship.


The (NVQ) diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations (Construction) can lead to employment within the construction industry, particularly when it is taken as a component of an Apprenticeship in Level 2 Construction Building.

Successful learners may progress on to supervisory or management roles from this qualification.

What approvals are needed

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete minimum (67 credit points) maximum (76 credit points).

  • Group award code: GH8V 68 – Industrial Painter (76 credit points)
  • Group award code: GH8T 68 – Painter (67 credit points)
  • Group award code: OFQUAL code: 601/1940/8

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and assessment guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment strategy/Principle