Commercial Painter

Transform surfaces into art; apply decorative and protective coatings; develop skills in stenciling and faux finishes.

Commercial Painters Make Life Shine

Envision transforming plain surfaces into extraordinary ones. As a professional commercial painter, you will be responsible for applying a wide range of decorative and protective coatings to various structures, including homes, offices, institutions, and other buildings. 

Once you have finished your training, you will have the expertise to skillfully apply paint, high-performance coatings, and unique decorative finishes to virtually any surface. Moreover, you will have the chance to develop your skills in stenciling, gold leafing, and faux finishes, allowing you to create beautiful and lasting works of art that will be appreciated for many years to come.


Commercial Painting Apprenticeship

An IUPAT Commercial Painting Apprenticeship offers on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

Hybrid Learning Approach

Hybrid Learning Apprenticeship: Classroom and on-the-job learning.  Minimum 144 hours of classroom and mandated on-the-job hours per year.

Classroom Learning

Curriculum: Union introduction, finishing trades, health & safety, leadership, and professional development. Minimum 144 hrs classroom instruction.

On-the-Job Learning

Apprentice Curriculum: Union introduction, finishing trades, safety, leadership/professional development.

Assessment: hands-on/written tests, job performance.

Web-based learning

Access all training material instantly through the secure web-based Learning Management System (LMS). Administer, document, track, and report on training programs, events, e-learning, and content.


While a typical apprenticeship lasts up to four years, enough experience in your craft can make this process much shorter.

Pay and Benefits

Pay and Benefits

Great Pay

Advance your career with training and immediate pay/benefits. Earn While You Learn. Start building your desired life without school debt.

The average pay for an IUPAT commercial painter is 12 percent above the national average.

Great Benefits

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Training & Skill Development
  • Retirement Saving Opportunities

Training for a Lifetime

IUPAT members have access to continuous training to stay current in their craft. Stay ahead of the curve, advance throughout your career, and remain in high demand.



Since joining our union and learning a skilled trade, I have been able to take myself out of a horrible situation financially. This has truly enhanced my life in a way that I don't think I would've ever gotten to. This has really afforded me a much better life.
Yvette Franquiz, DC 9/LU 18
I was working at a bar struggling really bad, then I decided to join our union. It's been so much easier, I'm happy & have a house now. I'm saving and not struggling paycheck to paycheck.
Christine Maine, DC 3/LU 2012
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