Plastering Apprenticeship

Plasterer Apprenticeship

Apprentice plasterers smooth or beautify internal walls and ceilings. External walls are rendered and completed as well. A plasterer is used in most new houses and many remodelling projects to give a space a unique appearance, repair damage, or bring a place back to life.


Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • 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 – solid plastering
  • create ornamental features like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves – fibrous plastering
  • fix internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions in rooms – dry lining
  • coat outside walls with protective coverings like pebble-dash or render.


  • Apprentice plasterers can earn £19,000 – £25,000
  • Trained plasterers with some experience can earn £25,000 – £35,000
  • Senior plasterers can earn in excess of £35,000
  • Self-employed plasterers set their own pay rates.

Working hours

You will typically work 43 to 45 hours per week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

Working environment

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

Your working environment may be at height.

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


Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice plasterer include:

  • Level 2 Plasterer Entry requirements for this level include some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship. This qualification takes 36 months to complete.


On a plastering apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • 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.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move to a supervisory job, or into related areas like tiling, dry lining, estimating and site management.

You could also become self-employed and work as a sub-contractor.

Updated on November 21, 2022

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