If you enjoy using your creative and artistic skills to make moulds and models to a high standard then you might like to consider one of the oldest trades in construction.

Most people know that one part of a plasterer’s work involves preparing surfaces and applying wet finishes to interior and exterior walls.  But did you know they also create decorative interior and exterior surfaces as well?  Decorative mouldings around arches, ornamental ceiling roses and traditional designs for the restoration and renovation of heritage buildings are part of a plasterer’s work that requires special skill and creativity.  Generally, the majority of plastering work comes from new construction projects, however, interest in the restoration of older homes and public buildings provide further opportunities.

Suggested pathway into plastering:
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway) or
  • Pre-apprenticeship, Plastering

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On the job training
Accredited Certificate
Apprenticeship/Trade Certificate
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
Tertiary Degree

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The Pyramids in Egypt contain plasterwork carried out more than four thousand years ago. The principal tools of the plasterer of that time were practically identical in design, shape and purpose with those used by plasterers today.