With the construction boom prevailing all over the world, the real estate and the building industry is on a high. Therefore, there is a huge demand for all trades connected with it – masons, electricians, painters, plasterers and the like. Hence, if you have thought about making plastering a career option, now is the time to take the plunge. However, like any other trade, you have to pick up a few skill sets and some knowledge of this field to really branch off on your own.
Here is a rundown of requirements and details if the profession of plastering is the ultimate goal in your life.
- Entry requirements – Basically, there are no fixed requirements for becoming a plasterer but if you are seeking a job, any employer will ask for some hands-on experience. You can have this through an apprenticeship that is, becoming a plasterer’s assistant or mate and getting adequate practical training. Most plastering companies have openings for apprentices but you should only approach the top of the line ones if you want to become an expert in this line. For example, if you are a resident of Victoria, Australia, get in touch with the best plasterer company in Melbourne for an apprentice opening.
- Type of work – You work will include repairs and restoration as a part of renovation work and fresh plastering for newly built domestic or commercial establishments that will include hotels, hospitals and schools. Your employer will generally be a building contractor, local authority or a specialist plastering firm. Broadly speaking, you will be engaged in one or more of the following activities – solid plastering, fibrous plastering and dry lining. You will have to acquire a certain expertise in all these types of plastering work.
- Working hours and work environment – The usual working hours is generally 39 hours per week Monday to Friday but you might have to put in extra hours for priority projects against adequate compensation as per law. Apart from fibrous plastering which is carried out in workshops, you will have to work both indoors and outdoors as a “solid plasterer” on building sites or existing structures. You should not have a fear for heights as most of the time you have to work from hung platforms or scaffolds. Protective wear such as a hard hat, safety glasses, safety footwear, overalls and jacket are to be compulsorily worn by a plasterer.
- Programmes and courses for plasterers – It is always preferable to take up courses on plastering so that you attain a high degree of expertise in your profession. These programmes are offered by many Polytechnics and Universities. The basic courses are Certificate II in Building and Construction (Wall & Ceiling Lining and Painting & Decorating) and Certificate III in Solid Plastering which is spread over 30 months and includes the many aspects of solid plastering in residential and commercial construction. Both these courses have pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship modules.
These are some of the aspects that you will do well to follow to become a skilled and professional plasterer.