As a plasterer, you would mix and apply different kinds of plaster to internal walls and ceilings so that they are ready for decorating. You could also cover outside walls with coatings, such as sand and cement, pebble-dash and stone-effect materials.

You can start work through an apprenticeship so you can earn while you learn.

Qualifications for Plastering are City & Guild Craft/Advanced Craft Certificate or NVQ2 in plastering.

These plastering qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom/training facility and work based experience with a working plasterer.

Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.

As a plasterer you could either be working on small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration or on big commercial projects

Typical duties include

You would normally be part of a small team and work in one of the following:

  • Solid plastering – applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble-dashing on external walls.
  • Fibrous plastering – creating ornamental plasterwork, such as ceiling roses, cornices and architraves, using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts.
  • Dry lining – fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions by fastening them together on a timber or metal frame ready for decorating.

Skills Required

  • Good practical skills.
  • The ability to work quickly and accurately.
  • Maths skills for calculating surface areas and volumes of materials.
  • A reasonable level of fitness.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • Creative skills for fibrous plastering and other decorative work.
  • An awareness of health and safety issues.

Further Training

After completing the Level 3 NVQ, you could take further specialist training for an NVQ level 3 in Heritage Skills (Construction). This is designed to meet the demand for traditional craft skills used in the repair and conservation of historic buildings. Some employers may encourage you to learn other trades such as bricklaying, tiling or painting and decorating to increase your skills.

Guideline figures for Plastering salaries

Starting salaries can be between £14,000 and £17,000 a year. Qualified plasterers can earn from £17,500 to over £25,000 or more. Experienced plasterers can earn around £28,000 a year.

How to apply

To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455.