Plastering – Apprenticeships
The work of the Plasterer includes the preparation and application of protective covering to interior and exterior building surfaces.
Before applying protective coverings to building surfaces a Plasterer would mark out an area of wall to be covered, mix up their own materials and apply the base coat plaster to the wall area. The surface would be levelled off and then scratched in preparation for the second coat.
The second coat of plaster is applied to the required thickness on the uneven wall. When the two base coats are dry, the Plasterer spreads on and smooths out a final thin coat of plaster to finish the wall. Outside walls are done with the same method but instead of plaster, a sand and cement mix is used.
A Plasterer also can apply decorative marking and finishes to a wall, such as pebble-dash, to achieve a required finish. In addition, a plasterer may be required to lay the finishing surface of cement floors for houses, factories and garages. Plasterers are generally employed in the construction industry or may be self-employed. Fibrous plasterers may work from architects’ designs or copy pieces of plasterwork from artists’ drawings or from photographs to produce ornamental work.
Plasterers require many skills including:
• Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
• Knowledge of properties of a range of materials and chemicals
• Working quickly and to a high standard for finishing
• Performing a range of techniques to include decorative and ornamental work
• Interpreting technical drawings and specifications
• Producing decorative panels by molding and casting plaster in workshops
• Planning and organising plastering jobs
Note: If you suffer from an allergy or skin complaint, the chemicals that you use may affect you.
Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
•Working with and learning from experienced craftspersons
•Seeing a job through from start to finish
•Comply with Health and Safety requirements
•Working with drawings and diagrams or photos/ paintings
•Accuracy and attention to detail
•Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
•Working at heights
•Working indoors and outdoors
•Lifting or carrying heavy items
•Being physically active and on your feet
•Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
•Bending, lifting and stretching
•Passing all your phase exams (theory, practical skills demonstration)
•Earning as you learn
•Introduction to Health & Safety
•Introduction to Tools & Equipment
•Introduction to Basic Skills
Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (20 weeks)
•Slabbing, Rendering, Floating & Skimming
•Slabbing, Skimming, Dry Lining & Floors
Phase 3: With Employer
Phase 5: With Employer
•Wall & Floor Tiling
Phase 7: With Employer
of 4 years provided all phases are successfully completed.
is awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Plastering.
•Plan and organise
•Work independently and as part of a team
•Show a positive attitude
•Recognise the need for good customer relations
•Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
The minimum educational requirements are:
1. Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent,
2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course
3. Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable
•The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.