Apprenticeship Standard

Industrial Coatings Applicator Level 2

Industrial Coatings Applicators are responsible for protecting the nation’s infrastructure from deterioration.

Their typical role will involve preparing the surface of new or existing steel structures to remove any contamination, mill scale, rust, or unsound existing coatings, and apply the appropriate corrosion coatings to a specific standard. Their work will often take place within a workshop, construction site or on site for the maintenance or refurbishment of existing steel structures.

Certificated industrial coatings applicators will be employed within teams in small, medium or large enterprises and their work may involve travelling throughout the UK.

Typical Job Roles: Industrial Coatings Applicator




Apprenticeship Duration

18 months

Training method

Classroom, practical & online.

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What to expect from Skills Training UK
  • Course content customized for your organisation and its goals.
  • Support from a dedicated trainer who will support with learning, skill competency and developing evidence for assessment.
  • Individual support and mentoring to make every apprenticeship a success.
  • Access to our virtual learning environment with virtual classes, on-demand videos and tasks to reinforce learning.
What does an employer need to do?
  • provide the learner with the opportunity to take part in work and projects which to produce a portfolio of evidence required for Apprenticeship assessment and completion.
  • Take part in progress reviews at regular intervals.
  • Have some involvement in the project(s) being undertaken.
  • Allow the apprentice an agreed amount of classroom time.

What is included in the Standard?


  • Health and safety regulations
  • Environmental legal requirements
  • Identification of areas that need protecting
  • Types on industrial coating materials and techniques
  • Safe use of equipment
  • Cause of surface defects
  • Quality documents


  • Preparation for safe environment
  • Mechanical handling techniques
  • Specified methods of surface preparation and coating to industry standards
  • Quality control
  • Identification of surface defects


  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Motivated
  • Accountable

Eligibility criteria

For the Industrial Coatings Applicator standard the individual employer will decide whether an employee is suitable for the programme.

Qualifications and professional recognition

On completion of the Apprenticeship, the Industrial Coatings Applicator will hold Level 2 Certification. You can also apply for a Train the Painter ID card with CSCS hologram, valid for five years

End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of three distinct assessment methods:

Assessment Method Area Assessed
Professional discussion Knowledge
Practical test Knowledge, skills and behaviours
Project showcase Knowledge, skills and behaviours

The Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification as a competent Industrial Coatings Applicator which will be hugely beneficial to my career.

Adam Swain, aged 24, Level 2 Coatings Applicator Apprentice at The Hankinson Group

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