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Picture Framer

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Picture framers make frames of all types and sizes and mount and display decorative items such as paintings, prints, etchings, tapestries and photographs.

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, woodcarving and gilding.


    Picture framers may perform the following tasks:

  • talk to customers about the style, size, materials and cost of their framing requirements
  • help customers to understand the colours, design and layout of frames
  • assess the value and physical condition of artwork to decide the level of framing required
  • order the materials needed and maintain accounts
  • cut frame pieces to size and prepare joints for corners
  • join the frame with nails, glue or dowels and sand lightly
  • mould and glue ornamental parts into the frame if required
  • varnish, stain or paint the frame
  • mount backing materials and the item for framing
  • cut glass to size
  • fit items to ready-made frames
  • refer to specialists such as conservators to assess the physical condition of artwork
  • assist in the preservation of historic artwork


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good interpersonal skills
  • interested in the history and value of artwork
  • aptitude for design
  • appreciation of changing trends in colours and materials
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • good hand-eye coordination

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a picture framer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a picture framer through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Picture Framing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Furnishing Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Picture framers are generally employed in small workshops or retail outlets.

Some are self-employed or work in partnerships. Self-Employment opportunities are usually limited to experienced people who have regular customers and enough money to invest in the necessary tools and equipment.

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Job Outlook for Picture Framer Furnishing Industry Association of Australia Ltd Picture Framers Guild of Australia Inc

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