Dry Lining Course

This short intensive course is ideal for those of you who want some basic dry lining skills. 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 courses and giving individuals the opportunity to access the industry.

QualificationBasic Dry Lining Skills
LocationDartford, Kent (Accommodation Available)
Entry RequirementsNone

1 Week (Mon - Fri)

Easy payments
Flexible Training
Interest Free Payments
Accommodation Available

Duration & Cost

Full Time - 1 week

£495.00 including vatA £150.00 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid on the start date.

Course details

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.

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

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

During this course, 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.

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.

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.

This is a hands-on, practical course and it is therefore recommended you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential.

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All of our courses take place at our dedicated training centre in Dartford, Kent. The centre is easily accessible by road, being just 10 minutes from junction 1a on the M25. We are only a short walk from Dartford train station which is served by frequent trains taking 35 minutes from central London. For anyone travelling from further away, we have our own accommodation available at only £25 per night.

We are open Mon - Fri and 2 weekends per month for training and visitors so if you would like to find out more about this course or about Able Skills, please feel free to pop in, no appointment necessary.

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