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Plasterers apply plaster to walls and ceilings ready for decorating and finishing.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter


£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 45 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become 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:

  • plastering
  • construction skills - plastering
  • T Level in On Site Construction

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You can apply to do a Plasterer Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, which may lead into a trainee position with a company.

This apprenticeship takes 2 years to complete and is a mix of on-the-job training and time spent with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You can begin working as a plasterer's labourer or 'mate'. You may not need formal qualifications but some employers look for on-site construction experience.

Your employer may then offer you the chance to take training on the job to qualify as a plasterer.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a plasterer from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • 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

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a plasterer, you'll:

  • estimate the amount of materials needed for a job
  • prepare surfaces and level off uneven areas
  • mix plaster to the right consistency by hand or with an electric mixer
  • apply 'wet' finishes to walls and ceilings
  • create ornamental features like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves
  • fit internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions in rooms
  • coat outside walls with protective coverings like pebble dash or render

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, on a construction site or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move to a supervisory job, or into related areas like:

  • dry lining
  • tiling or ceiling fixing
  • estimating
  • heritage conservation
  • site management

You could also train apprentices in further education or set up your own business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Plasterer

  • Wage: £12,480 a year Annually
  • Location: Leeds

Plastering Apprentice

  • Wage: £9,984 a year Annually

Courses In England


  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Hull

L1 Plastering

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Filton

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