Plasterer Careers

Plastering is one of those jobs that look incredibly easy when you watch a skilled person do it. But it is actually incredibly difficult to do if you don’t have any skills or experience.

So if you want to become a plasterer it makes sense to ensure you have training and you know what to expect from the career itself.

Become a Plasterer

What do plasterers do?

The answer to this might be obvious in its most basic sense – plasterers do plastering! But there is more to it than this.

Plasterers will apply fresh layers of plaster inside rooms in all kinds of different properties. They might also get involved in ornamental plasterwork, which means creating moulded plasterwork such as architraves and ceiling roses to act as the finishing touches in a room.

The good news is that according to all sources there are not enough plasterers around to get the job done. This means you can be rewarded with a good career if you complete the appropriate training and work on enhancing your skills.

Plasterer Training

A plasterer will be required to help complete many different construction projects. But before a plasterer can find work it is wise to get training to prepare them for the job they will be doing.

It is important to remember that no formal training is required in order to be considered for work as a plasterer. There are several different routes into this line of work, one of which is to become a plasterer’s mate. If you can get this job you will basically be an assistant to a plasterer.

You won’t need to have any previous experience in plastering to get it, and it is a great way of learning how to plaster properly on the job. It is not well paid but it forms an alternative to having formal training. It may also make it easier to get work as a plasterer once you have sufficient experience.

Plastrer Training

Is it worth getting a plastering qualification?

Yes, despite the fact you can get work without a qualification it is probably best to train properly if you can. There is a City and Guilds qualification in plastering that will be recognised by every potential employer you go to. There are others as well that you can consider if you wish.

In addition to this, many construction sites request that you have a CSCS – a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card. This can be obtained by getting a recognised qualification plus you need to pass an assessment about health and safety. Of course if you plan to take on private work plastering in people’s houses, you won’t need this card.

Although it is still best to get it since it makes you more employable and it will show potential clients that you are well versed in all health and safety issues. It also demonstrates that you are properly qualified to be a plasterer.

How long does it take to complete the training?

In all honesty it depends on which training course you take. Some are designed to be intensive and take just a few short weeks to complete. However these are normally full time, so if you are in another job at present and you want to retrain for a new career, it is best to find a part time or evening course. There is also the possibility of having further training once you have got your initial basic qualification.

Do trained plasterers have a better chance of getting work?

With all things being equal, trained plasterers are certainly more employable, yes. But if you have practised plastering on many occasions and you are genuinely really good, you can offer your services as a plasterer to private clients. If you go down this route however, do make sure you are as good as you think you are!

Plasterer Jobs

If you become a plasterer you will be able to tackle all kinds of different plasterer jobs. In fact if you thought plastering was all about tackling walls and ceilings and little else, you may want to read the rest of this article before you decide whether or not this job could be for you.

Plasterer Jobs

Isn’t interior plastering the main thing a plasterer would be doing?

Yes it is, but there are other things to do as well, as you will see. New homes will require all the walls and ceilings to be plastered prior to decoration. But older homes will also require re-plastering if the existing walls and/or ceilings are not in good condition. They may also require patchwork to be done if there has been some damage to the plaster, either through water or some other reason.

So restoration and repair work is another feature of the job?

Yes. As a plasterer you would typically do lots of repair work as well as plastering new walls from scratch. This means you would have to be skilled at patching the wall so it could be decorated without you seeing the join between the old and the new plaster.

Another possibility is the restoration of existing plasterwork, which could occur more frequently in older buildings. This would mean repairing the existing plasterwork instead of ripping it out and starting again. This requires a particular type of skill and not all plasterers will take on these kinds of plasterer jobs. It requires even more attention to detail than would be required if you were plastering a wall from scratch.

What about other forms of plasterwork?

Some plasterer jobs involve creating moulds that are used to make ceiling roses and other ornamental types of plaster. Some plasterers get additional training so they know how to do this kind of work. This is often known as fibrous plasterwork because it involves mixing fine fibres with the plaster to form the required shape.

If you go into plastering and you are looking for plasterer jobs you should think about getting practical experience of basic plastering first. Later on you can consider whether this might be worth looking into in order to get more skills.

I’ve heard that many plasterer jobs now involve dry lining as well. Is this true?

Yes it is, particularly on new builds where the house is being constructed from scratch. Dry lining is the process of putting up plasterboard and then covering it with a fine layer of plaster so that it is ready to be decorated in whatever way is required. As you can see there are more types of plasterer jobs than you might initially think.