What Skills Do I Need to Become a Plasterer?

As with all jobs, if you want to become a plasterer you need to have certain skills in order to excel in this profession. So if you are thinking about taking a plastering training course or looking at adding plastering to the skills you already have, here is some information that will help you decide whether you have the skills required.

Do you need to be quite practical?

Yes you do. Any kind of construction job requires you to be a practical person because you will be handling various pieces of equipment and performing a very practical job. It doesn’t do any good to be clumsy if you are considering becoming a plasterer!

Is it quite a physical job?

Yes it is. You will be carrying bags of plaster and mixing it up to the right consistency to use on the job at hand. It’s good to keep fit therefore, although the job itself will help you do this. You might find it incredibly tiring to begin with if you aren’t used to working in a practical role like this. You may also have to go up ladders and manage buckets of plaster as well as performing the job itself, so you will need to be aware of health and safety and be confident in using ladders whenever needed. At other times you might be kneeling on the floor to plaster an area right at the bottom of a wall.

I’ve heard that it helps to be good at maths. Is that true?

Yes, since the plaster has to be mixed you need to know how much to mix up for the job at hand. The last thing you want is to mix up twice as much as you need and then have nothing to do with it. Of course this comes with practice as much as anything else, but you will need to be confident with figures so you get the calculations right. Otherwise you might find you run out of plaster just when you need more to get the job done.

Do you have to be able to work alone or as part of a team?

Both skills would be useful; many plasterers working on large sites will be working as part of a team. But in some jobs, especially smaller ones where you are perhaps doing some repair work for a client, you will need to be happy working on your own. As you might imagine good concentration skills and the ability to focus will be good too. The better you are at doing this, the better the finished result will be every time. If you have all the skills mentioned above you could be in for a new career as a plasterer.