Plasterers apply plaster to walls and ceilings ready for decorating and finishing.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • estimate materials: figure out how much stuff is needed for a job
  • prepare surfaces: get things ready and make surfaces even
  • mix plaster: make the plaster just right using hands or a special machine
  • put plaster on walls and ceilings: add plaster to make them smooth - this is called solid plastering
  • make fancy decorations: create cool designs like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves - it's called fibrous plastering
  • put up walls inside: attach plasterboard or wallboard to make rooms
  • cover outside walls: protect them with things like pebble-dash or render

Skills and Knowledge

  • 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

Industry Qualifications

If you want to be a plasterer, you can start in a trainee position at a company that provides plastering services. 

To go on any construction site on the Isle of Man you are required to hold a Construction IOM Accreditation Card. Find more information here:

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