How to Become a House Painter in 3 Easy Steps

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Sep 19, 2018

Sep 19, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

As far as jobs that don't require any formal education go, getting a job has a house painter isn't so bad. The average median annual income is over $37,000 and you get to play around with paint all day.

This works out to about $18.25 per hour for a normal work week.

All that said, there are still some hoops you have to jump through to get a job painting homes. Read on to learn how to become a house painter.

How to Become a House Painter

There are no formal steps when it comes to being a house painter. It's not like becoming a doctor where you have to pass undergraduate classes, take the MCAT, get into med school and complete a residency.

The path to house painting is more uncertain. But we've mapped it out for you here.

1. Master Your Craft

The first thing you need to do is to master, or at least become competent, in your craft. Whether you're going it alone or are planning to join another home painting business, no one is going to want to hire you if you're a bad painter.

So the first thing you should do is practice painting. Try painting your own house or apartment first to see where you're at.

Learn about the tools of your trade. Study the difference between types of paints and brushes.

Master different paint rolling techniques. Become a connoisseur of color and study paint swatches.

You should also have at least a little understanding of the business side of things. You need to know how much a gallon of paint is, how much it costs to paint a whole house, etc. There are plenty of resources online to find out more about this stuff.

Once you've got the fundamentals down, you can think about trying to make money with your craft.

2. Complete the EPA's RRP Program

The Environmental Protection Agency requires that all painting contracts in the United States participate in their Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP). This course teaches you how to use lead-based paints effectively, which can be dangerous if applied incorrectly.

The course will also run you through other environmental and health hazards related to home renovation. Employers and clients will also be impressed that you've completed the course.

3. Form an LLC or Join an Existing Painting Business

Once you've got your certifications and your base knowledge down, you can either form your own small painting business with an LLC or you can join the staff on an already established contracting team.

The latter will likely get you more money faster and give you more experience, so you may want to do that first before going your own way. There are no right answers here, though. It just depends on your financial situation.

Need Help Finding Work?

Now that you know how to become a house painter, all you have to do is complete the steps and begin looking for work. If you need help finding jobs that suit your skills, register an account with our national job board. We'll be able to help you find a fulfilling and lucrative career.