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Become a plasterer

You can become a plasterer with Access Training’s site-ready skimming courses, designed to provide you with the skills needed to build a successful plastering career. No prior experience is required.

Essential Plastering Course

Learn basic plastering skills and carry out work in a domestic environment.

This foundation course covers the following areas:
  • Fixing and cutting plasterboard
  • Skimming walls and ceilings
  • Rendering external walls
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Professional Plastering Course

Our most popular plasterer course – ideal if you want to turn professional. Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to start a successful plastering career.

You’ll be guided through a variety of different tasks by our experienced plastering tutors, learning how to:
  • Prepare surfaces
  • Mix and apply plaster
  • Fix and cut plasterboard
  • Skim walls and ceilings
  • Lay a floor screed
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DIY Plastering Course

A short course that’s ideal for those looking to carry out DIY plastering jobs at home.

You will learn how to…
  • Mix plastering materials
  • Prepare surfaces for plastering
  • Cut and fix plasterboard
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Plasterer Salary Range

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How much money do plasterers make?

Once you’ve completed your plastering training and you’re working as a professional plasterer, your earnings will depend on a number of factors, including where you work. The main factor, though, is whether you're working for a particular firm or for yourself. Building contractors, dedicated plastering firms and public sector organisations such as local housing associations all employ plasterers.

If you become self-employed, it's down to your reputation and how well known you are, making a name for yourself and building a client base.
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Job description – what do plasterers do?

Plasterers work on a number of different buildings, including new housing developments, offices and houses (renovations or extensions).
Typical tasks for a plasterer may include:
  • Spreading wet plaster mix onto walls, working from top to bottom
  • Scraping the first coat to make a satisfactory base for the second coat
  • Applying a third, thinner, final coat
  • Maintaining existing plasterwork using specialist hand tools
  • Correcting damaged plasterwork
  • Applying or removing (skimming) artex from ceilings and walls
  • Pebble dashing or applying sand or cement to external walls
When plasterers work in peoples’ homes, they often work on their own. On larger-scale projects, however, they will often work in teams, each covering different sections of a wall, ceiling or build.

Alongside this, plasterers often use other techniques similar to plastering – such as dry lining, where wall and floor partitions are erected using plasterboard. Demand for all these skills has been increasing dramatically as new developments are built.

How to become a plasterer

Quickly developing your hand skills and gaining a professional qualification are vital if you want to become a professional plasterer. No experience is necessary to enrol on one of our plastering courses.

If you are looking to get qualified and carry out work in domestic properties, then one of our certified City & Guilds plasterer training courses would be the perfect option. These intensive, practical courses are designed to equip you with all the necessary skills so that you can start taking on paid plastering jobs within a very short time frame.

If you want to progress to working on a construction site, we have designed a package of plastering courses that are perfectly suitable for someone with no prior plastering skills; this training will quickly allow you to progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry to being assessed for NVQ Level 2 Certification, enabling you to prove your skills to potential employers and contractors.

Talk to one of our course advisors today about the different plastering courses we offer.
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What does the future hold for plastering careers?

An Ageing Workforce – The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that 20% of UK construction workers are over fifty, with 15% now in their sixties. In 2011, it was estimated that one in every five UK-born construction workers were aged over fifty-five, meaning that these people will have reached retirement age by 2021.

The trouble is, for many roles – include plastering but also painting, plumbing and carpentry – the same percentage of young people are not entering these professions, leaving huge gaps to be filled.

In a review by The Chartered Institute of Building on the impact of an ageing workforce, it found that essential skills will be lost when employees retire. This is made more detrimental to the industry by the fact that young talent is declining. The UK is in desperate need of newly-qualified plasterers right now.

Are plasterers in demand?

Right now, there are around 40,000 plasterers working in the UK, with demand growing after a recent surge in home developments and government housing development schemes.

Construction trades have topped the list of hardest positions to fill for years, and plasterers are a major part of that skills gap. It's no secret that the skills gap in the construction industry is still a large problem – despite significant efforts, the industry is still a long way off creating the 168,500 new workers whom The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) estimates will be needed by 2023.

Within the plastering trade, there is currently a particular shortage for plaster ‘skim finishers’, which is essentially the process of leaving a smooth finish to a wall, ceiling or surface. Whilst this is a very skilled element of the trade, our plasterer courses can bring your skills up to a very high level.

Becoming a plasterer has never been so straightforward, with many plastering career opportunities currently available.

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Why train as a plasterer?

  • It’s a skill you will use for life
  • Essential to become a multi-skilled tradesperson
  • Professional qualifications
  • Become employed or run your own business
  • Exceptionally high demand
Here at Access Training, we deliver accredited plastering courses to help provide the country with its next generation of plasterers. Plasterers are an essential part of the UK construction industry, and if you want to become a plasterer and earn money while working as your own boss, a plasterer training course from Access Training makes the perfect starting point.
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Plastering Training to Suit You

Would you like to start a new career as a plasterer? Or perhaps you’re just looking to complete some simple plastering work in your own home?

Either way, Access Training Academies have a plastering training course to suit you – our experienced course leaders will help you to become a confident, accomplished plasterer, and we can even help you to gain industry-recognised qualifications if you’re aiming to turn professional.

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Plasterer Courses for Everyone

Regardless of your background, our range of flexible courses will enable you to master your new trade and achieve your goals in a relatively short timeframe.

Our plastering courses are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced learners.

Why Access Training?

Here are a few reasons to complete your plastering training with Access Training Academies:
Plenty of contact time with your course tutor
Hands-on learning in fully-equipped training facilities
Continuous support and a range of progression options

Already Have Plastering Experience?

As mentioned, our plastering training packages aren’t exclusively for those who wish to embark on a brand new career. If you are already a practising plasterer, we can help you add new qualifications to your skillset – this will ensure that your skills remain up-to-date, and it may even give you the edge over other plasterers in your area. Get in touch to find out what we have to offer.Contact Us

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