For those of you who are already professional plasterers, you may be wondering why we’re including this type of information in our blog posts.
The answer is this: it’s not so much for you, it’s for those who are looking to learn how to be a plasterer and are wondering what’s involved. If you know of a youngster, or even a mid-life career changer who wants to know what they would learn on a plastering course, direct them to this page.
Some people who opt to become students on a plastering course already have some experience, but want to tighten up their abilities and understanding of the craft. Others may have come straight from a firm who are looking to widen their offerings and want an in-house plasterer who can deliver when it comes to interior finishing. The reasons for taking a course such as this are varied.
To get started on the journey to becoming a professional plasterer, it’s now a key requirement to be in ownership of an NVQ certificate. Courses are run by those with experience of plastering work and you will be taught the majority of what you need to know to deliver work that will satisfy customers.
Serving time as an apprentice will also help immensely as there are some things that you simply cannot learn from a course. It takes lots of experience and extensive training (in addition to a great personality!!) to reach the stage where you’ll be popular enough with clients for them to want to recommend you to their friends, family and contacts.
Your teachers will have had a lot of experience in plastering and will share with you what they’ve learnt over the years. They’ll also give you some tips and tricks that cannot be found in books, but sourced only from those who have had years of experience. You’ll walk away confident that you have the knowledge required to apply your new skill.
Trade training courses are geared around teaching exact skills and increasing credibility for potential employers and future clients. As with any long term course, not only is there a demonstration of application involved in security a certificate of this nature, but also of commitment. You’ll also most likely be required to purchase a book or two on the topic of plastering in addition to being expected to master the practical skills required.
But what will you learn on the plastering course?
A critical part of any plastering job is to prepare both your environment and your materials. It’s important to remove any previous plaster that could have been used on the wall of your job, to clean the area and to mix your render and plaster ready for use. The plastering course will give you the skills required to do this. It’s not enough to know how to plaster these days, you also need to know how to remove the old wall coverings.
- The Tools of the Trade
There is far more to plastering than many people realise, it is a skillful job that might even be considered an art. It’s intricate, and requires the use of complex tools such as bell cast beads which are used to provide protection from the elements when plastering around windows.
- Plaster and Render
The actual process of applying plasterwork is the main focus of any plastering course. Students will learn that there is a need to render walls prior to applying plaster. How to do this from start to finish along with the theory on how it’s done will be the backbone of your classes.
In addition to knowing how to plaster a wall, you’ll be given information and skills to deliver repair work on damaged walls.
You will not only learn how to plaster a brand new wall, but will be given an education on repair work to damaged walls; a different skill set entirely.
Customers don’t want to pay out for a job that isn’t done properly. Learning how to deliver a smooth finish through the process of skimming is critical to a successful project. A lot of time is spent learning how to do this as part of the plastering course.
Those who want to become a plasterer should take an NVQ or a recognised plastering course to help learn the trade – but to become a really good plasterer, you then need to couple that with experience…..lots and lots of experience!