Painter Decorator


YWCA Toronto has partnered with the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), 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 23-week 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

Program Start Date: April 26, 2021
For more information, please email us at skilledtrades@ywcatoronto.org or contact at our office at 416.964.3883.

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

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


Amina Shah, Client Support Administrator
416.964.3883 x 268 | ashah@ywcatoronto.org

*** Due to the COVID 19 safety measures, we are not hosting in-person information sessions. ***

If you are interested in applying and/or would like more information on the program, we will be hosting virtual Information Sessions. Please email us at skilledtrades@ywcatoronto.org to be sent a link to one of the Information Sessions on Zoom.


Amina Shah, Client Support Administrator
416.964.3883 x268   |  ashah@ywcatoronto.org

For more information, please email us at skilledtrades@ywcatoronto.org or contact at our office at 416.964.3883

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