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Apprenticeship training course

Surface finisher (level 3)

Surface finishing is a broad range of industrial processes that alter the surface of a manufactured item to achieve a certain property.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
42 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Aviation paint technician
  • Aviation woodwork/lacquer finisher
  • Detail paint finisher
  • Detail painter interior components
  • Marine coatings finisher
  • Marine French polisher
  • Marine painter
  • Marine sprayer
  • Marine surface finisher
  • Paint team member
  • Paint technician
  • Vehicle painter
  • Vehicle sprayer
  • Yacht finisher
  • Yacht painter
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use communication and interpersonal techniques and terminology to aid interactions with colleagues, contractors, suppliers and others.
  • Deliver appropriate customer service principles and techniques, in accordance with organisational policy and processes.
  • Maintain the safety of self along with others by following safe systems of work and complying with all relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other relevant information and guidance.
  • Consider sustainability and environmental impacts when planning and performing surface finishing work operations.
  • Follow approved industry and manufacturer’s guidance and techniques, operational work methods, practices, processes, principles and procedures when undertaking different surface finishing work operations, within required time frames.
  • Select, use, and store resources safely and correctly including tools, materials, equipment, machinery and consumables.
  • Carry out the correct preparation techniques when working with a substrate.
  • Follow quality improvement principles, techniques, and methods and identify any areas for improvement, consulting internally and externally as appropriate.
  • Conduct required tests and checks when performing surface finishing work operations.
  • Restore work area to a safe and tidy condition in accordance with organisational and legislative policy and procedures.
  • Complete records and documentation relevant to surface finishing work operations, in accordance with requirements such as legislative or regulatory.
  • Check and identify surface defects and contamination issues to company and industry standards, using appropriate and relevant documentation.
  • Dispose of waste materials, in accordance with safe working and environmental practices and approved procedures.
  • Carry out required rework using approved materials and techniques.
  • Perform routine maintenance and servicing on relevant equipment.
  • Deal with any problems that may present themselves within their own area of responsibility.

Full information on Surface finisher (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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