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NSPP offers nationally recognised plastering qualifications aimed at ensuring our students have the skills and knowledge to build a successful career within the construction industry.

As a plasterer, you apply different kinds of plaster to internal walls and ceilings in order to prepare them for decoration. You could also cover outside walls with coatings, such as sand and cement render or pebble-dash.

In this job you’ll need to be physically fit and able to work as part of a team.

With the Construction industry currently in a resurgence and suffering from a lack of skilled labour, Apprenticeships have been identified as one of the main routes into this particular area.

Work activities

You would normally be part of a small team and work in one of the following areas;

  • solid plastering – applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble dashing on external walls.
  • fibrous plastering – creating ornamental plasterwork, such as ceiling roses, cornices, and architraves, using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts.
  • dry lining – fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions by fastening them together on a timber or metal frame ready for decorating.


Working hours and conditions

Plasterers commonly work Monday to Friday and start early because of the need to travel to jobs, weekend and evening work is sometimes necessary to complete work and meet deadlines.

As a solid plasterer you would be expected to work both indoors and outdoors – this may be on refurbishment of existing buildings, or the construction of new ones. As a fibrous plasterer you would usually be based in a workshop, but may also occasionally make site visits.

Plasterers often work at heights from access platforms or scaffolding. For work on construction sites you will be expected to wear personal protective equipment such as a hard hat, steel safety boots, hi-viz jacket, safety glasses, etc.


Salaries vary greatly nationally for construction operatives, with the South East being particularly attractive.

Qualified plasterers can earn from £17,500 to £25,000 on average with skilled and experienced plasterers earning more. Overtime and shift allowances will increase earnings, whilst self employed plasterers generally negotiate their own rates.

Entry requirements

You do not usually need qualifications to become a plasterer, although employers may prefer you to have some on-site experience. You may be able to get this experience by working as a plasterers “mate” or labourer.

Primarily the majority of careers in construction are realised through Apprenticeships. You can obtain the relevant qualifications and employment by taking an Apprenticeship scheme with a plastering, dry lining or building firm.

NSPP regularly updates our vacancies section and lists appropriate Apprenticeships within our local area.



Diploma Level 2 in Plastering (click here for more information)

Designed for those currently not in work but who are committed to a career in plastering, this theoretical and practical course will develop your plastering skills and is the minimum standard required to obtain work on a UK construction site.

NVQ Level 2 Plastering (click here for more information)

For students already working in (or planning to work in) the plastering profession. This qualification is based solely on the work you do on site with examples forming the basis of your portfolio.

Some of the units you will complete are:

  • moving, handling and storing resources
  • producing internal solid plastering finishes
  • producing external solid render finishes
  • installing direct bond dry linings

NVQ Level 3 Plastering (click here for more information)

A Level 3 qualification involves complex skills and can be used as a pathway to assessing, supervisory and management positions.

Some of the units you will complete are:

  • conserving, restoring or repairing fibrous plaster work
  • working on conservation and restoration projects
  • confirming the occupational method of working

If you have any questions or queries relating to our courses or learning with NSPP contact us on 01457 238014, alternatively we can be reached via email at info@nspp.co.uk




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