End Point Assessment

Painter and Decorator

Painter and Decorator

  • Reference Code: ST0295
  • Level: 1
  • Version: 1.1
  • Duration: 36 months


Painters and  Decorators  operate  in  domestic  and  commercial  properties  and  undertake  the decoration  and  protection  of  buildings.  Properties include  houses,  schools,  offices, hospitals factories and construction sites.

Occupational role

Working internally or externally painters and decorators work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne  and/or  solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings  and understand  and  comply  with statutory,  safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.


Maximum £9,000

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


The apprenticeship includes core knowledge, skills and behaviours required to undertake the work of a Painter and Decorator.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Knowledge Test


Consisting of 50 multiple-choice knowledge-based questions of which 10 will be scenario based. The test is taken in the presence of an invigilator, under examination conditions and is closed book, which means that apprentices cannot refer to reference books or materials during the test. Knowledge tests can be either electronic or a paper-based and assess the apprentice against the knowledge and skills as detailed in the painter and decorator apprenticeship standard. The maximum time allowed for the knowledge test is 90 minutes.

Skills Test

The apprentice will be observed by an assessor, in a realistic work situation under normal conditions, completing a set task within an allocated time. The test will include tasks or scenarios which will require them to select from a range of suitable and unsuitable tools, fillers, paints and papers and will assess key knowledge and skills. The assessor will ask a minimum of six open questions to assess related underpinning knowledge. The observation will be carried out overa maximum total assessment time period of 3 days.

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion takes place between the apprentice and assessor but may be attended by a representative from the apprentices’ employer. The assessor will ask a minimum of 15 questions that will refer to different areas of a work site as evidenced in the apprentice's portfolio of completed work developed during the apprenticeship. The professional discussion will take place over 60 minutes and apprentices can refer to their portfolio during the discussion.

Readiness for assessment

The employer  will  endorse  progression  to  the  end-point  when  satisfied  that  the  apprentice  is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 1 English and mathematics
  • completed a portfolio of work -to support the professional discussion


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass or distinction.

Professional Recognition


Why choose QFI

QFI is listed  on  the  Register  of  Apprenticeship  Assessment  Organisations  to  assess  this apprenticeship  Standard. We  have  access  to  specialist,  occupationally  competent  independent assessors. We  will  work  with  you  to  ensure  that  the  end-point  assessment  runs  as  smoothly  as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org