How To Become a Plasterer

Plastering or Plasterwork is a tradesman work, which involves mainly the use of plaster, such as plaster of Paris, lime plaster or cement plaster. The person who is in charge of this type of work is called a Plasterer. The Plasterer does the applying of plaster, like formation of a layer of plaster on the inside wall of a house or building.
A plasterer also does the decorative moldings using plaster on the ceiling and walls. The art of making plasterworks has been a style used in construction projects for centuries. Plastering is even considered as handicrafts throughout history. For example, early human habitats showed signs of using plaster for simple decoration by  using sticks plastered with mud.

A plasterer need not only know how to apply plaster since doing this work would also require that one knows how to make textures, as well as custom finishes. So, it is important that you have some skills like physical endurance, blueprint reading and basic mathematics.

Some of the materials usually use by plasterers are lime, hair, different cements, laths, sand, and nails joined by other ingredients in forming color washes. These produce different effects and textures, which will be appropriate for different kinds of settings. If you are interested to be a plasterer, you can follow tips for you to get started in this career.

  • It will be very helpful if you can have a mentor or be an apprentice of a skilled plasterer. Being a good plasterer would require that you have the proper knowledge and experience.
  • Having someone to show you how to do things the right way will be very helpful especially if you are aiming to be a professional plasterer.
  • You will learn how to properly use the tools and do the mixing and applying of plasters. You will also be able to know the different decorative textures you can use in plastering. However, although you already have a mentor, do not expect to learn it very fast, since every craft, like plastering takes time and effort to master.
  • You can also try enrolling in a plastering course. Look for vocational technical schools that offer practical courses in plastering. Getting the proper education would be a great advantage for you when you apply for the job. 
  • Look for apprenticeship programs. Some local organizations might be offering apprenticeship programs and work opportunities. These can help you get started with apprenticing under a more experienced plasterer.
  • If you are really determined to be a plasterer, contact Operating Plasterers’ and Cement Masons International Association. These organizations can help you have appropriate education as well as apprenticeship for the work you want. They can also provide you with the training programs and equipment you will need.

Becoming a plasterer, just like any other technical work, really requires you to have the proper know-how, as well as determination and perseverance. Being a practical skill, plastering will enable you to participate in various kinds of jobs, including construction, interior design, and even artworks. 


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