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Plasterers apply different types of plaster to interior and exterior walls of buildings and other structures.

  • Entry-level education


  • Job outlook

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What does a Plasterer do?

Plasterers apply different types of plaster to interior and exterior walls of buildings and other structures.


Work activities

As a plasterer you would:

  • discuss and agree on finishes with the client
  • measure surface areas to calculate the amount of plaster you need
  • cover surfaces to be protected with drop cloths
  • install scaffolding and set up ladders
  • prepare interior surfaces by fixing plasterboard on to framework
  • apply float and / or render to straight and curved surfaces
  • restore and renovate solid plasterwork
  • apply trowelled texture coat finishes
  • create ornate plasterwork using moulds
  • install pre-cast decorative mouldings
  • cut and fix paper-faced cornices
  • clean up after finishing a job.

Key skills and interests

To become a plasterer, you would need:

  • to enjoy practical work
  • the ability to work carefully and pay attention to detail
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • a good head for heights and sense of balance
  • an awareness of health and safety issues
  • some creative flair for decorative work
  • good physical fitness.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday. Many plasterers are self-employed, so you may also work on Saturdays, or work longer hours to suit your clients or complete the amount of work you have on.


You might work indoor or outdoors, and often at heights. You would wear protective clothing and appropriate safety equipment. You might also work in a studio creating ornate plasterwork.

You would need to travel from site to site. You would need a current drivers' licence.


How to become an Plasterer?

Entry Level Education

To become a plasterer you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Solid Plastering. Employers generally require you to have gained you junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

In some states, plasterers may need to hold a valid building contractor's licence or work for someone who does.

Construction workers who work at heights must complete a Work Safely at Heights short course. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.


Job outlook

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Employment of plasterers is projected to grow somewhat faster than the average for all occupations.

Plasterers work in all fields of construction, and demand for plasterers will mirror the level of overall construction activity. The growth in new residential and commercial construction, as well as repairing and replacing existing buildings, should result in steady demand for plasterers.


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