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Old 11-21-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

I'm obviously new here so I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself. My name is Rob Horan, I am the owner of Outback Painting, we service most of San Diego county and southern Orange county here in southern CA.
I've been in the business for 17 years now. I started as an apprentice for my father in Australia when I was 15. In Australia you have to do a 4 year official apprenticeship, about 1 month of every year you have to go to college to learn theory behind painting, they also teach you different techniques (faux, specialty coating etc.).
I started my own company here in San Diego just over 5 years ago, I get most of my work these days from word of mouth (the best form of advertising!).
From what I have seen of the forums so far there is a lot of knowledgeable contractors on here, that I'm looking forward to learning more from and hopefully helping other with their questions too.

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Rob Horan - Outback Painting.
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Welcome Rob: Glad your here. You should be a good add on to our site.
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Welcome to the site! The Apprenticeship and training programs sound very interesting, look forward to hearing more about it. Do you have to pay for the one month training? I assume Australia have a licensing/enforcement system.

Would like to hear what you think of the differences you have found here. I know California has more license requirements than most states. Many other states have no requirements.
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From what I have seen of the forums so far there is a lot of knowledgeable contractors on here, that I'm looking forward to learning more from and hopefully helping other with their questions too.

Just kidding.
welcome from about 70 miles north of you
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Welcome to the site! The Apprenticeship and training programs sound very interesting, look forward to hearing more about it. Do you have to pay for the one month training? I assume Australia have a licensing/enforcement system.

Would like to hear what you think of the differences you have found here. I know California has more license requirements than most states. Many other states have no requirements.
The apprenticeship is a full time job so when your not in college you work as usual but when you go to college you still get paid like your on the job which is nice, the employer has to pay for you to go to college. Licensing is pretty strict in Australia, similar to CA. When they started enforcing licensing in the Mid 90's guys who never did the formal apprenticeship had to go back to school to get it done. I knew a lot of builders who had run their own business for years who had to go to night school.

Thanks for the welcome guys, glad to be part of your team!
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Welcome Rob,

in this country we do not have an official training procedure for painters. You know why?
Because ANYONE can paint, just ask the laid off software geek painting the house across the street

Hopefully you can intertwine some of the apprenticeship and schooling stuff you went though in some of your posts.

BTW, is wallcovering part of the training? Or just coatings?



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Or is it coating wallcoverings?!
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welcome Rob, I cannot help you much with painting tips, my function is to try to help with technical questions about machine operation and maintenance
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Welcome Rob,

in this country we do not have an official training procedure for painters. You know why?
Because ANYONE can paint, just ask the laid off software geek painting the house across the street

Hopefully you can intertwine some of the apprenticeship and schooling stuff you went though in some of your posts.

BTW, is wallcovering part of the training? Or just coatings?
They do include wallcoverings in the training (which was still really popular in Australia when I was doing my apprenticeship), it also incorporated glazing, actually cutting glass to size and installing believe it or not.

Oh yeah don't we all love the newborn experts in painting too!

Thanks again for all the welcomes, sorry I don't reply too quick, but I will reply, busy trying to rap up some jobs before this weekend!
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Welcome Rob. I too had an apprenticeship. 3 years with I.U.P.A.T. Mostly decorative paint. Besides being a paint contractor I also run an apprenticeship program training other contractors. Are you staying busy in SD? I visit Valley Center/Escondido on occasion to visit family. Nice weather.
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This sounds like a great system.
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Hello! I too am a word of mouth painter.
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Welcome Rob. I too had an apprenticeship. 3 years with I.U.P.A.T. Mostly decorative paint. Besides being a paint contractor I also run an apprenticeship program training other contractors. Are you staying busy in SD? I visit Valley Center/Escondido on occasion to visit family. Nice weather.

Valley Center, I love working out there despite the windy roads. I'm keep decently busy, but have to work a lot harder to track down the jobs.
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