What they do and their qualifications
A plasterer will apply a smooth, seamless surface to internal and external plasterboard or hard walls, preparing the surface for the final decorative application during the building and construction process.
A skilled and qualified Plasterer can:
- Clean and prepare surfaces
- Fix internal plasterboard or partitions, known as dry-lining.
- Apply wire mesh or a lath and other materials to ensure plaster stays in place
- Quantify and source materials required and mix plaster to the desired consistency
- Use tools like trowels, brushes or spray guns as and when needed to apply the appropriate number of coats for the required finish
- Apply waxes or sealants to allow for a protective finish and ease of cleaning
- Create molds and decorative designs as well as cast plaster ornamental designs known as fibrous plastering
- Apply finishes to external walls, like pebble-dashing
- Apply plaster over drywalls to create a smooth finish
- Clean up during and after job completion, disposing of litter and other materials in an environmentally sustainable way
A plasterer’s qualifications are generally gained through an apprenticeship or can be achieved via work experience as well as completing a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Plastering. The Irish Plasterers Register provides a list of qualified plasterers based on evidence submitted that demonstrates an attainment of technical certification.
Plasterers can also be known as DryWallers and Masonry Contractors