Become a Plasterer

There are two different types of plasterer roles, solid plasterers and fibrous plasterers. Solid plastering involves applying wet plaster to walls and ceilings to form a flat, smooth surface ready for decorating. Fibrous plastering is a specialist job that involves making or repairing decorative plaster mouldings, such as cornices using plaster reinforced with fibre. Hours of work vary, typically Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends or evenings.

  • Practical skills
  • Ability to work efficiently
  • Attention to detail
  • Physically fit and strong
  • Able to work out surface area measurements and volumes of materials
  • Creative skills for fibrous plastering and other decorative work

Plastering is available as a study programme, part-time and apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.


Newly trained plasterers can earn £19,000 - £25,000.

Trained plasterers with some experience can earn £25,000 - £35,000.

Senior plasterers can earn in excess of £35,000.

Self-employed plasterers set their own pay rates.

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