How to become a Solid Plasterer

Solid plasterers apply decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement or similar materials to the interiors and exteriors of buildings.

Personal requirements of a Solid Plasterer

  • enjoy practical work
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work at heights
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • good communication skills
  • some mathematical ability
  • able to read, interpret and work from plans
  • good health and stamina, and free from allergies to materials used.

Education & Training for a Solid Plasterer

To become a solid plasterer, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Duties & Tasks of a Solid Plasterer

Solid plasterers:

  • level and straighten corners, angles, and wall and ceiling surfaces
  • clean and prepare surfaces by stapling wire-mesh frames to them, or by roughening them with mechanical hammers
  • mix and apply coats of plaster, cement, render or similar materials to walls and ceilings, levelling and smoothing them using trowels
  • apply finishing coats of plaster to give a smooth finish or decorative texture
  • fix precast cornices and panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings
  • render exterior walls and moulds
  • finish the underside of concrete floors with a mixture of cement and granite chips or blue metal
  • erect scaffolding (subject to licence requirements in some states or territories) and trestles.

Working conditions for a Solid Plasterer

Solid plasterers usually work in dusty conditions. They may work alone or in teams of two or three, both indoors and outdoors. They may have contact with the public.

Employment Opportunities for a Solid Plasterer

Solid plasterers may work for small businesses or government departments concerned with public works. Many solid plasterers are self-employed and after years of experience, start their own business.

Specialisations:


Wet Plasterer

A wet plasterer conducts rendering work by applying wet solutions to internal or external walls and ceilings.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,000

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.8%

NSW NSW 24.4%

NT NT 0.8%

QLD QLD 21.3%

SA SA 7.7%

TAS TAS 2.1%

VIC VIC 22.3%

WA WA 19.6%

Hours worked:

38.6

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 99.2%

Female 0.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 25.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 51.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.4%

20-24 - 9.8%

25-34 - 37.1%

35-44 - 20.6%

45-54 - 16.7%

55-59 - 4.6%

60-64 - 7.5%

65 and Over - 1.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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