Able Skills

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Dry Lining & Metal Stud Courses

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)

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!

Please call for details * Email us * Request a free brochure and DVD

Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.

Dry Lining & Metal Stud Course

Why Dry Lining

Dry lining is the use of plasterboard on timber or metal frames and due to the pre-finished nature of most board systems, dry lining is uncomplicated to learn.

The term dry lining applies to the use of plasterboard to replace a sand and cement or wet plaster finish to internal block work, although it’s use has become more broadly associated with internal fit out throughout a building.

Other advantages to using dry lining systems include the fact that the use of lightweight partitions result in a lighter building which can benefit the specification of the foundations. Dry Lining systems also provide properties with greater flexibility in designing and changing the internal shape of a property as needs change.

In addition, dry lining systems also give flexibility in the choice of insulation materials, which may not be available with conventional building methods. In timber frame, dry lining is the preferred method of building.

Dry lining is growing in popularity at a remarkable rate and the demand for trained, skilled dry liners is on the increase. We aim to help fill the gap in the industry by providing these Dry Lining and Metal Stud Partitioning training courses.

Dry Lining Training

The courses we have designed can be completed individually or as a package dependent upon whether you want to spend 2, 5 or 7 days with us learning Dry Lining or erecting Metal Stud Partitioning.

Whichever option you choose, we will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to carry out Dry lining to industry standards, both training options are suitable for anyone who requires training in Dry lining.

During these courses, we will ensure that you have a good working knowledge of health and safety requirements for Dry lining, including the use of correct personal protective equipment (PPE).

You will be able to interpret drawings and specifications to identify material requirements, select and prepare appropriate materials, prepare backgrounds to receive finishes and install components and materials for accuracy and finish.


We are keen to help and guide all individuals on the right path and offer support and assistance along the way. Should you venture into a career covering Dry lining; Able Skills will endeavour to guide you on the path to achieving an NVQ in Interior Systems.

Able Skills is an approved NVQ Assessment Centre in both Interior Systems NVQs:

QUC710: Fixing and QUD710: Finishing

Please visit our Interior Systems NVQ page for further details.

Dry Lining and Jointing

On completion of this course you will have gained the confidence and technique required to undertake Dry lining jobs and achieve an acceptable finish.

In an area dedicated to Dry Lining, you will be taught the following:

•    Health and safety, protective equipment, tools of the trade, safe and correct use of tools  
•    To measure and cut plasterboard to size
•    Apply plasterboard to stud walls, window and door returns and internal and external angles
•    'dot and dab' method: direct bonding of plasterboard to brickwork and block work.
•    Tape internal, external and flush joints.
•    Apply beads to external angles.
•    Joint filler and joint cement.
•    Hand jointing techniques to all joints leaving a smooth finish.
•    Sanding down and sealing for decoration.

Metal Stud Partitioning:

This 2 day course is ideally suited to those of you who have undertaken our 5 day Dry Lining and Jointing course or those of you who have encountered some dry lining jobs in the past. Additionally, if you have undertaken plastering training at Able Skills then this course would be a natural progression for you.

During this 2 day course you will learn:

•    How to set out and construct metal stud partitioning
•    transfer the track from ceiling to floor
•    how to leave window and door openings
•    The application of drywall tapes to internal/external corners, window reveals and flush joints.
•    Hand jointing techniques to internal/external and flush joints leaving a smooth seamless crack free finish.
•    The correct method of sanding down and sealing ready for decoration.

These are hands-on, practical courses, it is therefore recommended you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential. All tools and materials will be provided throughout your training period.

Cost and Duration of Dry Lining & Metal Stud Courses

Duration: 7 Days

  • Cost: £495.00 Inc VAT
  • £150 Deposit payable
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Additional Information

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.

New Plastering module

by Able Skills

Daniel D

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.

Colin D

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.

Robert D

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!

Lee C

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.

Richard H

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.

David Jones

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.

Yubaraj Garbuja

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.

Ben Shillaker

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.

Pete Herron

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.

John B

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.

Tom D

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!

Darren L

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.

Kristian H

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!!

Matthew Edgeriey

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.

Stephen Carter

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.

M Clapham

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.

David Greenway

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.

Simon Lee

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.

Tony Toms

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.

Dhiraj Duvan

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.

Lawrence Williams

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!

Michael Ratcliff

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.

Anthony Andrez

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.

Andy McCormack

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.

Dan Holt

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.

Duncan Urquhart

Thanks for a great course. I had a good time and learned a huge amount. Looking forward to rendering next week.

Paul Jack

Spencer and Jo, the plastering instructors bought me plastering skills to the highest level, were friendly, approachable and their advice on plastering was excellent.

Stuart Goodchild

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.

Duncan Urquhart

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.

Steve Bovill

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.

Mike Ong

The trainer was experienced, professional and had good communication skills. The centre was organised, well equipped and has an easily accessible facilities.

Dave Byfield

I have completed several courses with Able Skills. Their courses are value for money with excellent tutors and courses.

Maurice McIntosh

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.

Joseph Macquire

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!

Russell Fitzpatrick

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.

Paul Hawkins

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!

Alan Jason-Berry

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!

Mugambi Kigunda

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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