Plasterers prepare walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing.
Salary Range: £14,000 to £30,000
How to become a plasterer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
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
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
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.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
What you’ll do
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)
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.
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.