Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

A Painter is a construction professional who works at applying paint, stain, varnish, wallcoverings, and other finishes to residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Painters work on new construction projects as well as repainting existing structures.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Birth Certificate


Painters participate in an apprenticeship- training program before becoming a Journeyworker. The term of apprenticeship is four years of classroom training for a minimum of 144 hours a year, one day a week, in addition they work 6,400 hours of on-the-job training.

The classroom instruction consists of preparation, tools, materials, equipment, woodworking, blue print reading, wallcoverings, spray painting, sandblasting, decorative finishes, as well as many different safety related subjects.


An apprentice’s starting wage package starts at 50% of Journeyworker wages, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. An apprentice receives benefits such as health insurance and a pension.


Applications are accepted Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Union Hall in Des Moines, Iowa.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local #246

5738 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: 515-289-0482
Fax: 515-289-0558

Contact Us for Apprenticeship Info


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  • Heartland Finishes, Inc.
  • Howe & Company
  • Olympic Wall Systems
  • PCI
  • Rowe & Baker Painting
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