Plasterer

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Plasterers coat the inside walls of buildings with plaster to make them ready for decorating.
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What does a plasterer do?

Plasterers coat the inside walls of buildings with plaster to make them ready for decorating. You may also render the outside walls of buildings. You will normally be working on three main types of plastering:

  • 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

What do I need to do to become a plasterer?

You do not need formal qualifications to become a plasterer, though you can do an apprenticeship to gain the skills needed for the job. Alternatively, you can gain onsite experience working as an assistant plasterer, or complete a college course in plastering skills. Plastering can be physically demanding work, so a level of physical fitness is important. 


Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • Physical fitness
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology

Desirable qualifications

  • Apprenticeship

Where could I be working?

You may be working as a sole-trader (self-employed) or as part of a team of plasterers working for a builder or developer. 


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