Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Wall and Ceiling Plasterer

Working as a Wall and Ceiling Plasterer you will apply and fix plasterboard, suspended ceilings and composite wall linings in residential or commercial buildings. You will mix and apply coats of plaster to walls and ceilings to ensure a smooth or decorative finish.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 22 required

  • Construct and install bulkheads
  • Assemble partitions
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Work safely at heights
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • Plan and organise work
  • Conduct workplace communication
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets
  • Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets
  • Fix battens
  • Fix wet area sheets
  • Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas
  • Fix fibre cement board
  • Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work
  • Mix plastering compounds
  • Finish plasterboard joints manually
  • Manually sand plaster work
  • Cut and fix paper-faced cornices
  • Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems
  • Install suspended ceilings
  • Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective Units – 7 required

  • Investigate business opportunities           
  • Apply basic levelling procedures
  • Use explosive power tools          
  • Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems
  • Install and finish columns            
  • Rectify faults in drywall applications
  • Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to curved wall and ceiling substrates

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the National Skills Needs List.

Additionally, apprentices and their employers may be eligible to receive the Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment in this Australian Apprenticeships occupation. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the Additional Identified Skills Shortage list.

Job Pathways

Construction, Plumbing and Services

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Plastering

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Building & Construction

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Creative & Artistic
Practical & Manual

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 19/20: 19608

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 8/01/2021. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Wall and Ceiling Plasterer - CPC31220
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 7/01/2021, rounded estimates for July 2019 to June 2020. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 333211

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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