How Do I Become a Plasterer?

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If you want to become a plasterer, you should have creative ability and enjoy working with your hands. To become a plasterer, you should complete high school before taking part in an apprenticeship program. Such a program may take up to three years, teaching you skills such as pricing a project and reading blueprints. Plastering is a physically demanding job, and applicants must also have the ability to communicative effectively with co-workers and employers.

A plasterer is responsible for placing plaster on ceilings, walls and other surfaces. Plaster is used because it is inexpensive and durable. It also helps to fireproof surfaces and can make a room seem soundproof. If you want to become a plasterer, you must be able to complete a job efficiently and in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

To become a plasterer, a high school diploma or equivalent qualification is necessary. A large number of technical, vocational, and community colleges also have plastering programs. Generally, an apprenticeship program, which is a combination of schoolwork and practical work experience, is undertaken.

An apprentice plasterer will be paired with an experienced tradesman whose job it is to train the novice. The first steps include an understanding of the basics, including correct use of tools as well as how to properly mix and apply the plaster to various surfaces. Apprentices are also expected to carry the experienced plasterer’s tools and to mix the plaster as well.


Gradually, an apprentice learns more advanced procedures, including how to apply decorative textures. Other aspects of an apprenticeship include learning basic mathematics, designs, how to read blueprints, and how to make cost estimates. These apprenticeships usually last between two and three years.

There are also technical schools that offer skilled labor training. These educational institutions teach students on a part-time basis, which is ideal for an individual who is unable to pursue full-time education. These schools may also offer night classes for those with daytime jobs.

To become a plasterer, an applicant must be in reasonably good health, as the job is physically demanding at times. A successful plasterer must have excellent interpersonal skills because a big part of the job involves communicating with clients. Plasterers must also be able to work alone or as part of a team.


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