As a Picture Framer you should:
- Enjoy practical and manual activities
- Possess good interpersonal skills
- Have an interest in the history and value of artwork
- Display and aptitude for design
- Appreciate changing trends in colours and materials
- Be able to work neatly and accurately
- Have good hand-eye coordination
- Be able to undertake fine work
Picture Framers generally work in a small workshop with a small team of other framers. Self employed framers may work alone and specialists may work in art galleries or within an educational environment. The environment is usually light, clean and free of excessive dust and noise. The work area may be part of a retail outlet selling framed artwork and there may be a need to liaise directly with customers regarding their needs and to handle sales.
On average, picture framers can expect to earn at least $765 per week ($39 775 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience.
Once qualified, some picture framers run their own small business. Earnings will depend on the level of demand for their services, as well as their level of skill and experience.
Picture framers use a variety of tools including power tools, saws and pneumatic staplers and nailers. Specialist framers use the crafts of wood machining, wood finishing, French-polishing, cabinet-making, wood carving and gilding. They also use a variety of card and papers for matting and mounting drawings, photographs and other works of art.
You can work as a picture framer without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
You can complete a traineeship. The picture framer traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.