As a fibrous plasterer, you apply and fix plasterboard partitions, suspended ceilings, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles, and composite wall linings to buildings. 

As a solid plasterer, you apply decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement, and similar materials to the interiors and exteriors of structures. 




  • Indoor and Outdoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • determining plasterboard layout and installing insulation and vapour barriers
  • measuring, marking and cutting plasterboard, lifting and positioning panels and securing them to walls, ceilings and battens
  • preparing corner beads and securing them in position
  • covering joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothing them using a wet brush and sandpaper
  • plumbing and straightening corners, angles and wall and ceiling surfaces
  • applying and finishing acoustic, insulating and fireproofing materials bonded with plaster, plastic cement and similar materials
  • fixing pre-cast cornices, panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings
  • mixing and applying coats of plaster, cement and render to structures using trowels, and levelling and smoothing coats to uniform thickness
  • creating decorative textures in finishing coats

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Painting
  • Attention to detail
  • Communicating clearly 
  • Using tools 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • Cert III Solid Plastering
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 

Related Roles

  • Painter

  • Tiler

  • Concreter


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