Introductory and Advanced Plastering Course
Able Skills is open 7 days every week – Please feel free to pop in and see what we do.
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As we are open 7 days - Courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – All Course Times are: 08.30am - 16.30pm
A deposit will secure a course start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
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Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.
Able Skills is offering you the opportunity to spend 10 days with us, undergoing intensive and fast paced, hands on training covering both internal and external plastering.
The Plastering Training Centre at Able Skills has been designed with the intention of being able to teach every aspect of plastering and rendering under one roof. We have designated areas for beginners, areas for intermediate and advanced students, areas for qualification students and areas to learn external plastering.
The layout of our Plastering Centre is intended to move you smoothly through various stages and areas of plastering if progression is your choice.
In this designated 10 days, we intend to teach you the basics of plastering and then move you to a more advanced level which will also benefit you in building on your speed and mastering your plastering technique.
This plastering course is suited to those of you looking to enter the plastering industry but equally, is well suited to anyone who is looking to undertake plastering projects at home.
During our 10 day plastering course we will cover every aspect of Plastering that we can and feel confident that after spending that amount of time with us, you will be ready to tackle everyday plastering requirements. Should you be looking to do a DIY project or for a change in career, we feel confident that any of the plastering courses we offer will suit your needs.
Throughout the 10 days of plastering training, we will supply all tools and materials to ensure that you have a very good understanding on how and when to use:
• Steel Floating Trowel
• Gauging Trowel
• Plastic Floating Trowel
• Internal Angle Trowel
• Straight Edge
• Stanley Knife
• Tape Measure
• Tin Snips
This programme of combined Introductory and Advanced Plastering is also available using weekend training – 4 weekends in total.
Able Skills 10 Day Plastering Course
To start, the plastering course will provide you with the skills to plasterboard areas and tape standard and internal joints, to cut and fix angle beads around windows and reveals and to prepare surfaces for decorating using bonding plaster and finishing plaster.
We will explain and demonstrate all plastering tools, give full guidance on mixing plastering materials and fully explain the importance of adhering to health and safety regulations.
As you move through this 10 day plastering course, you will be skimming walls and ceilings to a competent level, repairing damaged plastered areas, learning internal angle trowel techniques and plastering around wall sockets and ceiling roses.
You will also learn how to line walls with plasterboard using the 'dot and dab' method and you will finish the 10 days learning rendering which will include applying a scratch coat and applying a top coat, enabling you to achieve a smooth finish.
At the start of this plastering course, you will be presented with a folder containing a day by day schedule of the different stages you will be covering throughout the period of your plastering training. In addition, you will also be provided with various different plastering notes as well as useful and relevant paper work for when you undertake plastering tasks at home or at work.
On week 1 - the Introductory Course you will cover
Health & Safety induction – Explanation of tools and materials – Cut & attach plasterboard to ceiling and side walls – Tape all ceiling joints – Skim ceiling
Tape all wall joints – Cut and set skim beads – Skim to side panels of pier – Bond the entire pier
Skim the entire pier – Board and skim back wall
PVA and re-skim ceiling – Rendering: Apply a scratch coat of render - Apply a top coat of render
PVA and re-skim back wall - Rub up render to a plain face finish
On week 2 – the Advanced Course you will cover
Plasterboard ceilings & walls - Tape all joints - Skim whole ceiling
Cut and tack skim beads - Skim whole pier - Skim 2 plain panels and ceiling
Patch repairs to ceiling and wall - Board back wall - Skim back wall & side panels using internal angle trowel (twitcher)
Rendering: Cut and attach bellcast and angle beads to wall - Apply scratch coat and key - Apply top coat render - Rule off with feather edge
Cut and attach board to walls using Dot & Dab method - Cut around sockets and switches - Rub up rendered wall to a plain face finish creating features - Demonstration of Floor Screeding
During this 10 days of Plastering training, all tools and materials will be supplied for your use. We will also explain and demonstrate all the different materials used for different surfaces.
Throughout the practical plastering training, you will be involved at every stage and will be participating throughout. It is therefore recommended you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential.
This programme of combined Introductory and Advanced Plastering is available using weekend training – 4 weekends in total – The content is adjusted slightly to reflect the reduced time.
Cost and Duration of Introductory and Advanced Plastering Course
Duration: 2 Weeks
Able Skills is open 7 days every week and most courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – Please call for details
A deposit will secure your start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
For all workshop based training and/or assessment we recommend suitable clothing and for your safety, protective footwear is essential.
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I chose to train with Able Skills as they had excellent reviews and feedback from students, it looked like a good place to train. Another important factor for me was being able to train at weekends. The course was value for money and the City & Guilds course was fantastic. I was given great advice along the way from both my instructors Joe and Spencer.
Able Skills offer a very professional, easy and relaxed atmosphere thanks to the plastering instructors, Joe and Spencer. All I can say is keep doing what you are doing guys! I will be recommending you to others.
I took the 1 week intensive plastering course with Able Skills. I chose them as they offered the ideal location, price, quality & an excellent standard of training. I fully enjoyed the course and leave the centre feeling confident in plastering techniques. Joe and Spencer are top instructors, I can’t fault them!
I chose to train with Able Skills after visiting the Centre unannounced. I was shown around the course was explained to me in depth. I found Joe and Spencer to be very helpful and patient, and all other staff were friendly to approach also. I could not find any fault with the C&G 6 week plastering course. I will be recommending to you others.
Able Skills were able to offer me the most detailed explanation of the course and the end qualification. The course is fantastically well structured and laid out. The Tutors were knowledgeable as well as friendly and encouraging. A brilliant course that met with all my expectations.
I took a 5 day intensive plastering course through Able Skills. They had flexible and extensive course options and were easily accessible to me. Spencer was my tutor, he was a good tutor and very professional. I would attend further courses and I would definitely recommend.
I took a 6 week plastering course. I found Able Skills in the News Paper. The course was value for money and met with all my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will be returning to complete a tiling course. I would recommend them to anyone.
I chose Able Skills to complete my plastering training after hearing about them through friends and via the web. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. All the instructors were thoroughly professional and friendly. I would recommend to others to do the course. I would consider attending other courses with them.
I found Able Skills online from the Google search. They had accommodation readily available and excellent online recommendations. Able Skills looked the most professional. It was an excellent 1 week plastering course. Very practical, great tutor and fellow students were good too. Will definitely return for further plastering and then possibly tiling. I have walked away from the course feeling confident enough to plaster for a client.
Able Skills came highly recommended to me by my wife, she had completed a painting & decorating course a couple of weeks ago. Spencer was my trainer and he was excellent. It was a good practical one week course. I now have confidence to take on plastering work at home. I will be recommending to others.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Intensive Plastering Course, I would recommend to anyone! The overall rating of Able Skills would be excellent in my opinion. The course ticked all the boxes and was value for money.
I found Able Skills through the Internet. I chose them as they seemed to suit my needs; they were friendly on the phone and the only centre that does Multi-trades. The course was worth the money and was everything I thought it would be. I found the course really helpful for beginners. The teachers were willing and helpful. I learnt a lot and enjoyed it too! Excellent!
Good Course, Brilliant Atmosphere, really enjoyed it!! I chose Able Skills as the price was right, they were well situated, the course was available when I wanted and they had great reviews.
The most important factors for me to consider when choosing a training centre was reputation, value for money and quality of training. Able Skills met all the criteria and more. They were high end with professional trade Skill instructors. Excellent, thank you!!
I recently took the 2 week plastering course. I would like to extend a massive thank you to Spencer & Joe for the fantastic tuition. They have given me a lot of confidence with my plastering. This course was value for money and I would certainly recommend.
I found able skills on the internet, I did consider other training centers, but Able Skills information was very clear, what the course covered, cost & location. I took a 1 week plastering introduction course, and I can confirm Able Skills does what is says on the tin. Excellent place, really nice tutors and a really enjoyable week.
I took the 5 day introduction to plastering course, my tutor was Joe. I chose Able Skills as they were local to home and cheaper than others. The course was value for money and I would recommend them to others. It was a good all round course, the staff were helpful and friendly. I had good fun and good learning.
I had a very enjoyable week learning plastering. I learnt a lot more than I thought possible. The tutors were very good. I would give Able Skills a rating of excellent overall and would recommend to others.
I decided to train with Able Skills after reading other peoples reviews online. Spencer and Joe are both excellent tutors. They are very good at spotting where you are going wrong and help you to get to the end result. I could not have asked for more, the tutors are a credit to Able Skills.
I took the intensive 4 day weekend plastering course. I found Able Skills on the internet and chose them as they had the best reviews. The most important factors for me were price and what I would get for my money. The course was value for money and I would recommend and attend other courses. The trainers are great, I have learnt a lot in my short amount of time here. I will be back.
I heard about Able Skills through friends and the forces. I found this training centre to be the most efficient. Due to the presence of an experienced instructor I completed the course with ease. The instructors seemed very experienced and friendly. They were always readily available anytime, when and where I needed them during the course.
I chose able skills as they were local and had a good reputation. The instructors gave great instruction and the clientele was friendly. The course was value for money and I look forward to attending again!
Really enjoyed the course and feel I’ve come a long way in a short space of time. I would like to do other courses here to compliment the plastering. I was very pleased with the facilities and quality of tuition was very good.
I was recommended to Able Skills via a friend. The course was great; the staff were friendly and always willing to help. The on-site facilities were good. I rate this training company excellent.
The accessibility of the training centre was the most important factor when choosing where to train. The course was great with very helpful instructors. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Spencer was a quality lecturer and I’ve learnt a mass of knowledge within a very short time. I was recommended by a friend and was not disappointed. The overall rating of this company is excellent.
Thanks for a great course. I had a good time and learned a huge amount. Looking forward to rendering next week.
Spencer and Jo, the plastering instructors bought me plastering skills to the highest level, were friendly, approachable and their advice on plastering was excellent.
During my time on this 6 week City & Guilds programme, I have felt very welcome. Jo and Spencer have really helped me to understand all aspects of plastering and rendering. I feel confident enough now to take on my own jobs, however having done the course I have decided that a profession in plastering is not for me and will use what I have learned for personal use only. I would like to thank Spencer and Jo for their time and efforts in teaching me.
Thanks again for a very enjoyable course. I’m looking forward to using skills the “real world”. The course was value for money and met all my expectations; I would definitely recommend Able Skills to others.
The course was value for money, and cost was one of the most important factors when deciding where to train. The course met with my expectations and I would recommend to others.
The trainer was experienced, professional and had good communication skills. The centre was organised, well equipped and has an easily accessible facilities.
I have completed several courses with Able Skills. Their courses are value for money with excellent tutors and courses.
I found Able Skills on the computer. The course was value for money and I would like to pay compliments to the Tutor Spencer. He was very thorough and informative, not to mention very helpful too. I rate this company excellent and would definitely recommend.
Thank you for all your help and guidance. I’ve already decided to do two more City & Guild courses with you to further my career. I will be booking my room with you in the near future, again another service you provide at value for money! Thanks again!
I chose Able Skills because of the fantastic reviews I read. The course was a fantastic introductory and teaches a good technique to build on. I would recommend Able Skills to others.
Fantastic course that made me feel so much more confident with tackling plastering jobs. My knowledge of problems and problem solving increased 10 fold. Two great teachers with patience and lots of knowledge. Thanks!
Able Skills was the closest training centre to me that offered the qualifications I wanted and had accommodation. I found the course itself to be well worth the money and I have learnt a lot thanks to Jo/Spencer. I cannot wait to come back for the next one!
I picked Able Skills because the website was easy to use and self-explanatory. Also on a visit before I booked the course I found the staff to be very helpful. The other centres I looked at were not as helpful. The course was very well equipped with all tools and materials. Overall, a very good training centre, I hope to come back to do an electrical course.
SAKI CHOUDHURY - 5 DAY PLASTERING COURSE
I originally found out about Able Skills via a magazine. I had considered somewhere else but I chose Able Skills because of the course flexibility and distance from my home. However, the most important thing was the price of the course. Everything was demonstrated perfectly and as a beginner I took a lot in.
JASON SKIPP – INTENSIVE & ADVANCED PLASTERING COURSE
I found Able Skills on the internet and decided they were the training provider for me. They offered the most flexible training with reasonable prices. Excellent tutor- very good practical work – the classes are very informative.
DEAN COX - INTENSIVE PLASTERING COURSE
I chose Able Skills because they offer weekend training and that is great for me as I have to work during the week. At Able Skills they arrange the course to suit you. Patient tutor, well explained, excellent course.
STUART GOODCHILD - 6 WEEKS CITY & GUILDS PLASTERING COURSE
The staff at Able Skills are polite and knowledgeable, they are always willing to help. I hope you have intentions to expand into Essex as I know many people in my area that I would definitely recommend to you that would love the chance to train in the trade but just can’t travel to Dartford for various reasons.
Mark Jolly – 10 Days Intensive and Advanced Plastering Course
I choose to train with Able Skills because they can provide you with somewhere to stay while you are training. They are also flexible to my needs, allowing me to work whilst I train. The tutors are very patient, very accommodating and were always willing to give students advice. I feel during my time at Able Skills I learned a lot from the tutors and I am sure that I will be back at a later date to attend another course. I shall recommend Able Skills to my friends and colleagues. Overall, the course was excellent, thank you very much.
Nathen New – 5 Days Plastering Course
I chose to study at Able Skills because it is close to my home. The most important thing for me was travel so Able Skills was perfect for that. Joe was an excellent tutor and I really enjoyed my time at Able Skills.
Dan Miller – One Week Advanced Plastering Course
I heard great recommendations about Able Skills and I didn’t consider any other training centre. One of the most important things for me was the location. My instructor Joe was brilliant and helped me all the way, Able Skills are absolutely excellent!
Able Skills has grown and so has the amount of students in attendance and we are being used by everyone right across the UK and abroad.
As a result of the increase in students, Able Skills has purchased 3 properties to accommodate the growing numbers of people travelling from distance.
Able Skills properties are licensed HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and are fully equipped in line with local authority standards.
The properties will provide you with your own fully furnished room with washing facilities and TV. There are several bathrooms/WCs as well as fully fitted kitchens and a dining areas to eat and/or meet your fellow students.
Able Skills employs someone to maintain the properties on a regular basis and also to ensure that the property is being looked after by those staying.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this accommodation at £20 per night and we are keen to ensure that your time away from home is enjoyable and comfortable. The properties are situated close to all of our training centres and some have allocated private parking facilities.
This enables you to leave your vehicle in a safe and secure environment and make that short walk to whichever course you are attending.
We are a very popular choice of training centre and as a result we are very busy and so is our accommodation. We would recommend that you make every attempt to tie in any accommodation requirements at the time of booking your course.
If our accommodation is full, there are other local alternatives available which range from £20 per night upwards.
During your stay at Able Skills accommodation we will guarantee you a secure area to keep all of your belongings and additionally, we guarantee that the only people using this property are Able Skills students.
Should you require any additional information or wish to book training and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Gary, Angela or John on 01322 280 202.