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Plastering competition overview

A plasterer uses both undercoat and finish plaster to the inside of properties, they can also run up moulds for decorative areas such as ceiling and walls.

The plasterer is indispensable to most domestic and commercial worksites, making walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating, plus many other requirements such as soundproofing and weatherproofing. They mix and apply different kinds of plaster to inside walls and ceilings and cover outside walls with coatings such as sand and cement render, pebble-dash, stone-effect materials and even machine-applied finishings.

There are two types of plasterer, Solid Plasterer and Fibrous Plasterer, but many do both. Solid plastering is the application of wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings such as pebble-dashing on external walls. Fibrous plastering involves creating ornamental plasterwork (such as ceiling roses and cornices) using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts.

This competition has been designed reflect the role of a plasterer and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.


Competition overview

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors to work to tolerances of within +/- 3mm
  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General information:

  • At the Regional Qualifiers the maximum working time for the task is 6 hours
  • At the SkillBuild National Final the maximum working time for the task is 18 hours


Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Interpreting drawings
  • Applying plaster with minimal wastage.
  • Positioning and running of moulds accurately.
  • Working to tolerances of within +/- 3mm.
  • Planning for and providing the required tools for the task.
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately.
  • Working in a safe manner.
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