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Plastering courses

Plastering is an important trade that can lead to valuable job opportunities – demand for plastering is unlikely to run out as it is required when new buildings are built, when old buildings are refurbished or redecorated, and also when other trades, for example electricians, have caused damage to walls during the course of their work.

There is a definite skill element to plastering and it is a skill that needs to be learned, practised and perfected. Good, smooth plastering can make a room look fantastic, however bad plastering can be rough and leave an unprofessional finish. Therefore it is important that plasterers gain the right qualifications in order to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience.

Those who wish to gain a quick insight into plastering to enable them to complete DIY projects and touch up plaster where required can start with introductory plastering courses, which may run over five days. This will teach them the basics to being a good plasterer. Students can then proceed to a City & Guilds or NVQ qualification in plastering, which will help to develop their professional plastering skills in order to be a successful and competent tradesman. On completion of the course, which will usually last around five to seven weeks, plasterers will have nationally-recognised qualifications and are more likely to gain work.

Plastering goes well with electrics, as electricians often run cables into walls, which causes damage to the appearance of the wall that will require repair. Electricians should undertake electrical courses to ensure that they are competent.