Painter Decorator


YWCA Toronto has partnered with the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) to bring you a unique, women-only training experience to become a commercial painter-decorator.

  • Certified instructors

  • Basic work tools

  • Safety training and equipment

  • Textbooks

  • Refresher math

  • Women-only learning environment

  • Level 1 Certification for Painter-Decorator

  • Academic upgrading (math, English, and essential skills for the trade)

  • Eight weeks work experience after training is completed

  • Transportation funds (restrictions apply)

  • Job readiness training

  • Supportive, highly-skilled instructors

  • Ongoing support from YWCA Toronto staff

  • Women, 16 years old and up

  • Minimum grade 10 math and English or equivalency

  • Resident of and able to work in Ontario

  • Willing and able to commit to a 22 weeks full-time intensive training program

  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a valid driver’s license

  • Physically able to work in a variety of construction work environments

  • Possess appropriate hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity

Due to the COVID-19 Health Measures, the Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship program is delayed a few weeks.
Scheduled Start date: April 27th, 2020
New start date: To be Announced soon

Academic UpgradingLevel 1 Training
Finishing Trades Institute (FTI)
130 Toro Road, Unit C, Toronto, ON

We would suggest that you attend an information session in person before you apply for a seat in the training program – see next tab Information Sessions for dates and locations near you. Attending an information session would give you an opportunity to meet YWCA Toronto staff and ask questions that may help you decide if the training program is the right fit for you.

If attending an information session in person is not feasible at this time, we encourage you review the presentation Outreach Presentation: Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program found below in the Downloads section before you apply. The presentation will provide you with detailed information and help you decide if you want to apply.

If you decide to apply, please print and fill out the application form (Application Form: Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program) found in the Downloads section of this page and bring it to your testing and interview appointment. You will find further information on how and where to apply in the Application, Testing & Interview Sessions tab below.

For further information, please contact our office:
Amina Shah, Client Support Administrator — 416.964.3883 x268 | ashah@ywcatoronto.org
Nancy Rodriguez, Job Coach/Job Developer — 416 964 3883 x230 | nrodriguez@ywcatoronto.org


Due to the COVID-19 Health Measures, all information and assessment sessions are cancelled until May 4, 2020.


For more information and to apply, please contact our office
Amina Shah — 416.964.3883 | ashah@ywcatoronto.org




Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 Community Safety Measures, all information and assessment sessions are cancelled until May 4, 2020.

To apply for admission or to submit your online registration, please email us at skilledtrades@ywcatoronto.org or contact at our office at 416 964 3883

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