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Painting and Decorating

Using paint, decorative coatings, wallpaper, gilding, and sign writing both indoors and outdoors in a wide variety of working environments.

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Why is this skill important?

The painting and decorating professional is responsible for the external and internal appearance of a building and its protection from water, rust, mould, and insects.  Building sites and types are highly varied, including offices, factories, schools, hotels, and private homes in all settings and climates.

They will possess a range of skills, involving communication, creativity, innovation, and problem solving; and may offer a range of services, including interpreting client requirements and drawings, advising on designs/colours, painting, spraying, decorative coatings, wallpapering, gilding, and sign writing.

Technically speaking, the painter decorator must have skills in planning and scheduling; have the ability to prepare surfaces thoroughly and carefully; and keep a commitment to working safely and tidily with an attention to detail.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Craftsmanship
  • Helping people
  • Using tools
  • Working outdoors

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will be required to prepare surfaces before applying the paint.

  • Competitors will then mix the paint and apply a panelled door and its frame.

  • Wallpapering skills are also tested under timed conditions.

  • Marks are awarded to those with attention to detail who can work with precision.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 767 Sebastian Gruber Austria
Silver 744 Sandra Lüthi Switzerland
Bronze 738 Justine BOSSARD France
Medallion for Excellence 733 Szabolcs Cseke Hungary
Medallion for Excellence 728 Jordan Charters United Kingdom
Medallion for Excellence 720 Mari Lappalainen Finland
Medallion for Excellence 718 CHIH-CHIANG SU Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 714 Rebekka Guldbrand Vedstesen Denmark
Medallion for Excellence 709 Paulo Ricardo Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 709 Olga Iachmeneva Russia
Medallion for Excellence 703 Dominik Mitterstieler South Tyrol, Italy
697 Emil Eriksson Sweden
696 Deborah Baertsch Principality of Liechtenstein
690 Patrick Röder Germany
689 Hans Huizinga Netherlands
685 Mei Sze Wong Hong Kong, China
680 Sabrina Scheen Belgium
676 Alisa Larina Estonia
631 Anna Bobylova Kazakhstan
612 Ali Kashwani United Arab Emirates

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.