Certificate, associate's degree and apprenticeship programs in painting and related subjects are available through select 2-year colleges. Prospective house painters have several factors to consider when selecting a program.
Schools with House Painter Programs
Tuition rates for these schools are based on degree-granting programs. Many apprenticeship programs are offered free-of-charge or with pay to qualified applicants:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,424 in-state, $13,192 out-of-state|
|South Seattle College||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Apprenticeship||$4,717|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Apprenticeship||$4,407 in-state, $6,512 out-of-state|
|Central Texas College||Killeen, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,700 in-district, $3,390 in-state, $7,050 out-of-state|
|Honolulu Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Apprenticeship||$3,114 in-state, $8,250 out-of-state|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,436 in-district, $4,322 in-state, $8,136 out-of-state|
|Hudson Valley Community College||Troy, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,812 in-state, $13,087 out-of-state|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Apprenticeship||$4,368 in-state, $8,402 out-of-state|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||Reno, NV||2-year, Public||Certificate, Apprenticeship||$2,963 in-state, $9,876 out-of-state|
School Selection Criteria
In deciding which school or program to attend to learn how to paint, the following should be considered:
- Prospective house painters might choose to enroll in programs where additional skills relevant to painting, such as drywall installation, are incorporated into the curricula.
- Certificate programs might appeal to individuals interested in entry-level positions whereas associate degree programs might appeal to students more interested in supervisory or administrative positions.
- Hands-on experience working with professionals in the field can help students gain skills in residential, commercial and industrial settings.
Certificate in Painting
A certificate program in painting can be completed in 1-2 semesters and typically combines hands-on and academic experiences.
Associate's Degree in Painting
Associate's degree programs in painting include coursework in painting and related areas, along with general education classes, such as math, science and the humanities. Some programs incorporate a few business courses as well. Professional experience is typically required, and programs sometimes are integrated with apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship in Painting
Apprenticeship programs are paid work and educational experiences that can vary in length based on state regulations and scheduling. Students might obtain the title of journeyman after completing an apprenticeship program, which can result in a pay increase.
To recap, learning how to paint houses is possible through an academic program or apprenticeship. No matter the type, the program is likely to be very hands-on, and students can choose a program based on whether their career goals include supervisory or administrator work in addition to painting.