Painting Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships | MPA Skills
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MPA Skills is the leading trainer and employer of painting apprentices in Western Australia, with 30 years of experience in the industry. Our training programs cater to all levels, from school-based pre-apprenticeships to full-time pre-apprenticeships for school leavers and career changers. We also offer advanced training courses for tradesmen looking to upskill.

With the half-price training fees for apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships currently on offer as part of the WA Recovery Plan, there is no better time to start a career in painting and decorating.


Pre Apprenticeships

A Pre-Apprenticeship course will give a student a true insight in to the industry they are considering. Start your painting career here with the support of MPA Skills, the construction industry specialist.
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Apprentice Employment

Join the leaders in painting employment in WA. Be supported and mentored while working safely to give you the opportunity to become a well skilled apprentice who will be a vital part of the trade in the future.
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Advanced Training

Check our our courses relating to Painters’ Registration, Overseas Gap Training and Tailored Training. For more information, click below.MPA Skills Advanced Training has a commitment to excellence.
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MPA Skills is a Group Training Organisation and a Registered Training Organisation with campuses in Maylands, Bayswater, and Jandakot. We have a reputation for delivering the best training and taking out the uncertainty of starting an apprenticeship by employing apprentices directly through our vast network of host employers.

In addition, apprentices are assigned field officers who are painters with years of experience. They will guide the apprentices throughout their apprenticeship to ensure they are getting the training as per the industry standards.


Lauren Harding

Currently an apprentice with MPA, and I get many great opportunities through them. The staff and trainers are genuine and helpful.

Lauren Harding

Painting and Decorating Apprentice

Lachlan Matheson

After completing my 4 years of training with MPA Skills, I can confidently say it is an excellent place to train in painting and decorating. The lectures, I cannot speak highly enough of they go above and beyond every day, with the students put first every time. All the staff are very friendly, genuine and always happy to help, which makes for a great learning environment.

Lachlan Matheson

Former Painting and Decorating Apprentice

frequently asked questions

A pre-apprenticeship is the first step to getting an apprenticeship. It is a building and construction pathway course helping you gain insights into the construction industry. The best part about the painting pre-apprenticeship is that many of the units are transferable to a number of other construction trades.

Yes. An individual can directly enrol on a painting apprenticeship. However, a pre-apprenticeship is recommended as it will give you a good insight into the construction sector before you commit to a trade.

We offer a 10-week full-time pre-apprenticeship to school leavers and career changers. You must be 16 years of age or older to complete this program. We strongly recommend that those under 16's complete a School Based Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship program.

Read more on the requirements for alternatives to full-time schooling by clicking here.
*Exemptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for 15-year-old.

The final decision will be made by the Training Manager.

No, painting and decorating is not a licensed trade, but as a contractor, to invoice work more than $1,000, you must be registered in Australia.

As part of the WA Recovery Plan, training fees for pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships are heavily subsidised for domestic students.

Persons holding one of the following temporary resident visa types are to be treated as Australian residents for fee-charging purposes and are also eligible for fee waivers and concessions:

  • Holders of subclass 309, 444, 785, 7901 or 820 visa
  • Secondary holders of a temporary visa subclass 457 or 482
  • Holders of a bridging visa E (subclass 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made an application for a visa subclass 785 or 790
  • Ukraine citizens who are holders of subclass 449 or 786
  • Afghan citizens who are holders of subclass 449
  • Holders of a bridging visa who are eligible to work and who have made a valid application for a subclass 866

Please consult with an AASN provider or the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s apprenticeship office for all other visa holders wishing to enter a training contract.

Experience may be substituted for an apprenticeship, although other training is still required to become a registered painter.

Most of our classroom and practical training programs are held in person. However, we offer some of the advanced training classes online.

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Date Published: 31 Jan 2024