Plasterer

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Plasterers prepare walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing.

Salary Range: £14,000 to £30,000

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How to become a plasterer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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College

You can do a college course that will teach you some of the skills needed for the job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Construction Skills Plastering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plastering
  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Plastering

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this career by taking an intermediate apprenticeship in plastering.

You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You can often get started by working as a plasterer’s ‘mate’ or labourer. You may not need formal qualifications but some employers look for on-site experience.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a plasterer from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness
  • be able to cope with working at height
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

You’ll normally work in a team carrying out:

  • solid plastering (applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble-dash on outside walls)
  • fibrous plastering (creating ornamental plasterwork like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves)
  • dry lining (fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions)

Working environment

You could work at a client’s business, on a construction site or at a client’s home.

Your working environment may be at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment and protective clothing.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisory jobs or move into related areas like tiling, estimating and site management.

You could become self-employed and work as a sub-contractor.

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