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Plasterer Level 2 Apprenticeship

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Role profile
Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors.

The broad purpose of this occupation is to apply layers of plaster onto walls, floors and ceilings. Plastering serves a protective function, in that it makes buildings more robust and also an aesthetic function. Plasterers will often complete dry lining projects during their career. Although a person may specialise solely in dry lining, a plasterer must have the knowledge of dry lining in addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster.

The occupation covered by this apprenticeship standard is for a Plasterer that will specialise in either Solid or Fibrous plaster work after undertaking the core learning.  SGS offer the solid plastering route.

Solid plastering involves applying a range of plastering systems on to different background surfaces using traditional and modern materials. Background surfaces include solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists and partitions and beams and piers that are attached or independent of walls. Solid plastering work includes preparing solid backgrounds by hand and mechanical means and installing sheet materials such as expanded metal lath/rib lath, standard angle beads, skim beads, stop beads, expansion beads and reinforcements for the application of one, two or three coat plastering or rendering systems. As a solid plasterer you would mainly be installing products on site.

Maths and English
Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for the Plasterer Apprentice
A Standard contains a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship. 


  • Health and safety
  • Customer service: The principles of high quality customer service. Establishing the needs of others.
  • Communication: How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. How to adapt communication style to different situations. How to interpret and use drawings and specifications. 
  • Buildings: Different eras, types of construction methods, insulation considerations, facilities, fire protection.
  • Materials: Types of traditional and modern materials; moving, handling and storage of them; their uses and characteristics. Cost awareness and environmental considerations.
  • Considerations before completing plastering work: u-vales, insulation, impact, fire proofing around steel work. 
  • Dry lining: materials, methods, and finishes.
  • Application methods for different types of mortars and finishes, including heritage and how to re-instate plastering systems post chemical damp-proof injection. 
  • Application methods for different types of render systems including colour rendering; run in situ moulding work in sand and cement. 
  • How to fix ancillary works including beads, trims and how to use additives to form a mechanical key.
  • How to produce reverse moulds such as enriched cornices, arches, columns, pilasters, corbels ceiling centre and beam case. 
  • How to cast from reverse moulds in fibrous plaster, GRG (glass fibre reinforced gypsum) and GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete)
  • How to fix a range of cast mouldings such as enriched cornice, arches, columns, pilasters, corbels, ceiling centre and beam casing. 
  • How to restore existing mouldings including how to take squeezes of different types of mouldings using plaster, clay and silicone rubber to reproduce mouldings to match the original.
  • Materials: Identify and prepare surfaces for plastering. Determine quantities and ratios of materials. Move, handle and store materials.
  • Safe Working: Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and apply safe working practices, including when working at heights. 
  • Working environment: Select appropriate tools, equipment, and materials.  Interpret and use drawings and specifications including BIM/CAD. Maintain a clean working area. 
  • Fixing and jointing plasterboard: Construct metal framed partitions, wall linings and openings in preparation for boarding. Mechanically install plasterboard to timber and lightweight metal framing. Direct bond plasterboard to masonry.
  • Plastering: Apply solid plastering systems using one and two coat plastering to internal surfaces.
  • In-situ moulds: Construct running moulds to match existing moulding design, set up running rules and plaster screeds, run in-situ moulding work including coring out using bracketing on solid backgrounds.
  • Running moulds: Construct positive or negative running moulds. Set down running rules correctly. Run reverse moulds and prepare for casting. Run panel moulds. Take casts from reverse moulds.
  • Repairing existing plaster: Renovate and restore internal and external effected surfaces back to original state.
  • Install cast mouldings: Install cornice mouldings including forming internal and external mitred angles.
  • Plastering: Apply three coat plastering, including heritage lime mortars and finishes, and machine applied plaster; sealings and bonding agents, re-instate plastering systems after chemical damp proof injection.
  • Rendering: Apply traditional, modern and machine applied render systems including colour rendering; run in situ moulding work in sand and cement.
  • Ancillary works: Fix beads and trims, use additives and form mechanical keys as required, mechanically fix EML, rib lath and timber lath.
  • Reverse moulds: Produce reverse moulds (e g enriched cornices, arches, columns, pilasters, corbels ceiling centre and beam case).
  • Casting: Cast from reverse moulds in fibrous plaster, GRG and GRC (glass fibre reinforced cement) Fixing cast mouldings: install cast mouldings.
  • Restoration of existing mouldings.


  • Positive and mature attitude: Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance. Take responsibility for personal judgements and actions. Show honesty and integrity. Demonstrate awareness of equality and diversity in all aspects of role. 
  • Quality focused: Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards. Keep work area clean and tidy. Provide good customer service.
  • Effective communication: Oral, written, body language and presentation. Collaborate with others regardless of differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. 
  • Self-motivated learner: Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs. Show initiative to independently complete work and solve problems by seeking out critical information.

Assessment Overview
On Programme Training is delivered throughout the apprenticeship to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. During this time the apprentice must compile a portfolio which although is not directly assessed will be used to underpin the Oral Questioning assessment. <

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 11th May 2021 @ 10.51am (19 hours ago)

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