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We’ve done our best to compile a list of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. Fingers crossed, you should find the answer to your query below. But don’t despair if you don’t find it, you’re always more than welcome to contact our friendly team of experts.

Painters FAQ

Are there any membership pre-requisites?

To become a member of Master Painters Association of Queensland you must:

  • Hold a current QBCC licence (Queensland Building Construction Commission)
  • Operate your office or place of business in the state of Queensland or the Northern Territory
Are there different types of membership available?

Yes! The Master Painters Association of Queensland offers two annual membership types:

  • Category One: 1 to 5 Painters or subcontractors – $462 (GST incl.)
  • Category Two: 6 or More Painters or subcontractors – $710 (GST incl.)

For associate memberships and major sponsorships, please call (07) 3277 8646 for further information.

Does the Master Painters Association of Queensland provide any training courses?

We sure do! We run everything from apprenticeship programs (including a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating), right through to on-site gap and skills training, an estimating course and even a business management course. Take a look at Trade Training for further details.

Does the Master Painters Association of Queensland run any events?

Definitely! We regularly run networking events, workshops, and seminars, as well as our Annual General Meeting and Awards of Excellence. For further information, visit Awards, or check out our Events Calendar.

How do I apply for membership?

Applying for membership with MPA Queensland is not only a great idea, it couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is download, complete and return our quick and easy Membership Application Form.

How do I renew my membership?

Renewing membership is just as easy as applying for membership. Just download, complete and return our Membership Renewal Form.

Why join the Master Painters Association of Queensland?

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Master Painters Association. You will:

  • Have the credibility of the most recognised painting and decorating industry brand in Australia behind you
  • Third part accreditation will give you a professional, competitive edge, providing tangible evidence of your skills, ability, experience and training
  • With our regular updates, you’ll receive all the latest industry news, product releases, and tips, plus you can keep up-to-date on legislation, standards and OH&S changes
  • We encourage and recognise ethical business practices, and promote and sustain the highest standards of craftsmanship
  • Regular events give you the chance to meet new contacts
  • Our cutting-edge, hands-on trade training and educational programs provide all the practical, real-world skills that Australian painters and decorators need to succeed in today’s industry

Consumers FAQ

How do I find a reputable painter?

Visit our Find A Painter page! Simply enter your details, along with what type of painting services you’re after, and our sophisticated database will give you a list of qualified, Master Painter certified contractors to contact. Cuts your search and vetting time in half.

How often should I paint my property?

There are a lot of variables associated with this question. It will depend on the location of property (if you live close to the beach, then the salty air and water will necessitate more regular painting), the weather in the area where you live, and even the colour of the paint. As a general rule, every 5 to 7 years the exterior of a property will need to be painted.

I want to paint my home myself, is there anything I should be aware of?

When painting your own property, the main things to consider are safety requirements. If your property was build prior to 1970, there’s a high likelihood that it will contain lead paint and asbestos. These hazardous materials need to be removed safely and disposed of safely, by a professional. In addition, when working at heights, you also need to be conscious of safety.

My paint job has just been finished and I’m not happy with it. What can I do?

If you are unhappy with the way a paintjob has been finished, begin by raising your concerns with your contractor. Generally speaking, your painter will be happy to oblige and rectify any issues within the scope of the project. If this does not solve the issue, then take a look at our Technical Inspection services.

What is the best way to look after my paint job?

It’s always a good idea to remove dust from interior walls, using either a feather duster or even a damp cloth. For the exterior walls of your home, light pressure washing is fine.

What should I look for in a painter and decorator for my home?

When contracting a painter or decorator, you should always ask to see copies of their licence and insurance policies. In addition, you should check whether they are a Master Painters member—if they are, you can rest assured of superior service and quality standards.

Why use a Master Painter?

There is a whole raft of reasons why it’s always a good idea to use a Master Painter. From our strict guidelines around ethical business practices and expectations of superior quality workmanship, through to our thorough Code of Practice, Master Painters are always the most reliable painters around.


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Master Painters Association of Queensland is the peak representative body & a union of employers for the state’s painting & decorating industry. We represent the interests of all individuals and companies operating within the industry, & encourage high standards of craftsmanship & business practices.