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 April 10, 2020.
New schedule to be announced asap. For more information and to apply, please contact our office:


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 Health Measures, All information and assessment sessions are cancelled until April 10, 2020.
New schedule to be announced asap.

Registration is required prior to attending the Assessment/ Application session

Testing and Application Sessions are held at the Finishing Trades Institute-FTI
130 Toro Road, Unit C, Toronto, ON M3J 3M9


Applicants to the Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training program will have to complete a basic numeracy/math and English comprehensive test* followed by a short interview with a YWCA Toronto Job Coach/Job Developer. During this interview you will have an opportunity to discuss your specific needs, or fears (if any) or the expectations you may have about the program.

*Important information about the math test – please do not let anxiety over the math test stop you from considering applying to this program. We have learned that many of our candidates have been out of school for a while and benefit from an academic refresher. To meet this need, we have incorporated two weeks of numeracy/math and English comprehension upgrading as part of the curriculum. The upgrading has proven to be sufficient for all previous participants in this program. Should the numeracy/math requirements cause you anxiety, please talk to the Job Coach/Job Developer and she will help assess your needs.

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